Miami Heat force game six with win against Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers arrived for a coronation. The Miami Heat first insisted on competition.

So on they go in the NBA finals, Jimmy Butler with no patience for the Lakers turning the league's quarantine Disney bubble into to champagne bubbles on Friday night (local time).

There will be a game six of the NBA finals at 7.30pm on Sunday (local time) at the Wide World of Sports complex, with the Heat trimming their deficit in the best-of-seven series to 3-2 with a 111-108 victory.

LeBron James featured for the Lakers. Credit:AP

A three-pointer by Robinson with three minutes and 16 seconds to play put the Heat up 101-99, with a pair of James free throws with 2:52 to play tying it 101-101.

From there, a jumper by Butler put the Heat up 103-101, before a lay-up by James, with 1:34 left, tied it 103-103. Fouled on that play, James finished off the three-point play for a 104-103 Lakers lead.

Baskets by Butler and James followed, leaving the Lakers up 106-105 with 58.2 seconds to play.

Then, with 46.7 seconds to go, Butler got to the line. At nine of nine from the line to that stage, Butler made both foul shots for a 107-106 Heat lead.

A put-back lay-up by Davis with 21.8 seconds to play off an errant Lakers' three-point attempt gave the Lakers the lead back, at 108-107.

But back came Butler, getting to the line with 16.8 seconds left, making both for a 109-108 Heat lead.

A missed three-pointer by the Lakers' Danny Green followed, as the Heat held on.

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