Lakers’ LeBron James explains why he walked off court in closing seconds of Game 3 loss to Heat

Mark Medina
 
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Erik Spoelstra sums up Heat’s Game 3 win: ‘Jimmy F-in Butler’

SportsPulse: To the surprise of many, the Miami Heat will not be swept by the Los Angeles Lakers and that’s in large part because of the massive effort by Jimmy Butler in Game 3 who finished with a triple-double.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James looked visibly upset as he stormed off the court before their 115-104 loss to the Miami Heat became official in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. James still had 9.2 seconds to spare.

Why did James do it? Was he simply frustrated about the loss? Or did he lose track of time?

“Both,” James said.

James wasn’t the only one to leave the floor early. Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma did the same thing. After the Heat intentionally committed a 24-second shot clock violation with 0.7 seconds left, Lakers coach Frank Vogel had to insert Alex Caruso, Danny Green and Jared Dudley because James, Rondo and Kuzma were off the floor.

“I think they thought the game was over,” Vogel said. “I don’t think they realized there was point whatever that was still on the clock.”

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