Los Angeles is the NBA’s most recent team to make a playoff run with a win in its last two games and it did it with a little help from LeBron James.
The Lakers scored a total of 22 points in the third quarter, the second-highest total in the series.
It was the second straight game in which the Lakers scored more than 20 points.
The Heat, who shot just 31.9 percent from the field and just 34.7 percent from 3-point range, made six of their first seven shots to lead 26-23.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” James said.
I don’t know if I could say that about a lot of other games.
We’ve had some tough times and some great teams, but it’s a special group.
We just have to keep believing in ourselves and trust in each other.”
The Lakers have won five of six games against the Heat this season and they’re coming off a 120-104 win in Miami on Monday night.
The last time the Lakers beat the Heat in the finals was in 2013 when they went on a 10-0 run to beat the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
James is averaging 33.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Heat and he scored 25 points and added 10 assists and seven rebounds in Game 4.
The game was tied at 95 heading into the third, and James hit two 3-pointers to tie the game at 93.
Miami then scored a season-high 41 points to pull away for a 96-94 lead with 6:05 left in the quarter.
But the Lakers pulled away and won the ensuing two OTs to push the game to two OT.
James scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Pau Gasol added 23 points and 10 assists for Miami.
The first-round matchup between the Lakers and Heat will be televised on ABC.