After holding a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers and having a chance to tie the best-of-seven series in Game 4, the Memphis Grizzlies let it slip away as LeBron James finished a game-tying one-handed shot over the arms of Jaren Jackson Jr., and the game went into overtime.
The Grizzlies ultimately lost the game.
James wasn’t through with his work just yet. He drove to the left side of the court against Dillon Brooks, drew a foul, and then made a dagger layup with 29.1 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Lakers a five-point lead. He still had more crushing baskets in him.
At Crypto.com Arena on Monday night, Memphis was unable to reduce the gap and ended up losing to the Lakers by a score of 117-111.
Desmond Bane had the most points for the Grizzlies with 36. In the game’s final tally, James led the Lakers in scoring with 22 points while also grabbing 20 rebounds.
The preliminary results from Monday night were giving the Grizzlies the incorrect flashbacks of their previous games. The Lakers built up as much as a 15-point lead against the Grizzlies in the first half as the Grizzlies failed to get into an offensive rhythm and missed open three-point shots. It seemed like the problems that were present in Game 3 were making a comeback.
Instantaneously, Memphis demonstrated a distinct kind of flashback with its capacity to reduce significant deficiencies in a very short amount of time. During the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, the Lakers and the Grizzlies went back and forth throwing punches at each other. However, it was James who threw the ultimate punch.