The NBA’s defending champions are just one game away from crashing out of the playoffs while the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of continuing their post-season charge.
Lonnie Walker IV was the unlikely hero for the Lakers, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter as L.A. took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-101 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4.
The 15 points in the final quarter were the only ones Walker managed all game but none of that mattered because the 24-year-old stood up when the Lakers needed him most.
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LeBron James certainly noticed, declaring post-game that the Lakers would not have won if it wasn’t for Walker.
“I’ve been telling him, ‘Lonnie stay ready, we’re going to need you at…