The scores and recaps of Game 4 of the Nba Playoff conference semifinals played tonight: New York Knicks @ Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers. Both New York and Golden State find themselves with their backs against the wall: away game to be won at any cost to avoid ending up down 3 – 1 in the series. If you missed episode 5, you can catch up with it here.
Game 4: Knicks @ Heat 101 – 109
A lot, perhaps too much inexperience for these Knicks who fail to get the better of the experienced Heat led, as always, byJimmy Butler, 27 and 10 assists for him, and an excellent showing by Bam Adebayo (23 and 13 rebounds). Miami, in its playoff history, when above 3 – 1 on a 7-game series, is 14 – 0 and has always taken the round home. New York, on the contrary, when down 1 – 3, never managed to turn the situation around, 0 – 14 for them.
Sorry, of course, for Coach Tom Tibodeau’s team: for the BBR (Brunson, Barret and Randle) a decent team effort. Randle scores 20 points with 9 rebounds but also 6 turnovers; Barrett 24 and the usual Brunson, now increasingly the heart and soul of these Knicks, 32 with 11 assists in 45 minutes of use. Now Game 5 at Madison Square Garden to reopen the series and take it to 3 – 2 and then give it everything in Game 6 in Florida: difficult but not impossible.
Game 4: Warriors @ Lakers 101 – 104
Lebron James? No! Anthony Davis? No! The hero of Game 4 for the Los Angeles Lakers is a great Lonnie Walker: 15 points, all in the last quarter coming off the bench, the most for a Lakers player in 26 years, when a certain Kobe Bryant scored 17. Anthony Davis (23 and 15 rebounds), for the first time in these playoffs, scores more than 20 points in two straight games. The most important play, however, for a change, he makes in his own half-court: a double defense on Stephen Curry in 1 vs. 1 at 101 to 102 L.A. with 30 seconds to go before the buzzer.
The hero of Game 7 against the Kings takes the defending champions on his shoulders – there are 31 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for Steph – but alone it is not enough against Los Angeles. What was lacking in this Game 4 was the supporting cast: Klay Thompson shoots 3/11 from the field for 9 points and Warriors sixth man – or supposedly so – Jordan Poole plays just 10 minutes and ends the game with 0 points.