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Lak­ers look to close Heat out in Game 5

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The tro­phy cer­e­mony plans are get­ting fi­nal­ized. Boxes are be­ing shipped out of the NBA bub­ble in ad­vance of the loom­ing shut­down. Ho­tel rooms, some­time in the next few days, will be filled again by reg­u­lar peo­ple look­ing for their long-awaited Dis­ney fix.

For Lebron James and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, the stage is set.

The NBA Fi­nals — and the long­est sea­son in league his­tory, thanks to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic and 4K month shut­down that fol­lowed — could end tonight, with James and the Lak­ers go­ing into Game 5 with a 3-1 se­ries lead over the Mi­ami

Heat. The Heat are sim­ply look­ing for a way to ex­tend this matchup into a Game 6 that would be played on Sun­day, while James is look­ing for his fourth ring and, he thinks, a whole new level of re­spect from L.A. fans.

James is 3-0 in fi­nals close­out op­por­tu­ni­ties, and 3-1 leads in the ti­tle se­ries are al­most al­ways turned into tro­phies.

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