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NBA Finals: Miami Heat beat Los Angeles Lakers in game-five thriller

The Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-108 to win a thrilling game five in the NBA Finals and take the series into a sixth game.

The Lakers led by a point with 21.8 seconds left, before two foul shots by Jimmy Butler nudged the Heat in front.

Danny Green missed a late three-pointer to win the game for the Lakers, as the Heat kept the best-of-seven match series alive at 3-2.

Game six will take place in Orlando, Florida on Monday 12:30 am Nigerian time.

In an end-to-end contest, the lead exchanged hands four times in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

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Game five was poised to be another battle between the Lakers’ LeBron James and the Heat’s Butler, who showed he was up for the fight as he tangled with Dwight Howard in the opening five minutes.

James amassed 40 points in his pursuit of his fourth NBA title and was driving the Lakers forward late on, while Heat talisman Butler’s 35-point triple double proved decisive.

Heat rookie Tyler Herro added another two free throws in the dying moments to extend his side’s lead to three points.

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