NBA Finals: Miami Heat Beats Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 to Take Game Three

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Jimmy Butler starred as the injury-hit Miami Heat took game three of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104.

When Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic went down in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Miami’s only hope to stay in the series became clear: ride Butler.

Butler’s triple double of 40 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds helped lead the Heat to victory and they now trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

“They can be beaten as long as we do what we are supposed to do,” he said.

“We are here to compete. We’re not going to lay down, we’re going to fight back in this thing.”

Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Herro did their part for Miami with 17 points apiece.

James led the way for the Lakers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, but Anthony Davis was in foul trouble early on and managed just 15 points.

Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma each had 19 points off the bench, though Los Angeles were plagued by 20 turnovers.

“We know that we can’t turn the ball over versus this team,” said James, who was responsible for eight. “It starts with myself, being the starting point guard for the team.”

Game 4 takes place in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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