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Unheralded Walker sparks Lakers rally as Warriors wobble

Lonnie Walker IV #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a three point basket during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semi Finals on May 8, 2023 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. Photo by ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP

Unheralded bench player Lonnie Walker led a fourth-quarter rally as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors to leave the NBA champions on the brink of elimination from the playoffs on Monday.

The 24-year-old Walker erupted for 15 fourth-quarter points as the Lakers completed a dramatic 104-101 victory to put them one win away from clinching the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series.

Walker, who has struggled to establish himself since joining the Lakers on a one-year contract last year after battling a series of injuries, was mobbed by LeBron James and other Lakers teammates after the victory.

James, who scored 27 points in the victory, said he had urged Walker before the game to be ready to help out.

“I’ve been telling him ‘Lonnie you stay ready. We’re going to need you at some point’,” James said.

“For him to be as young as he is, to have that professionalism, to come out and stay ready when his number was called — we don’t win this game without Lonnie Walker tonight, that’s for sure.”

Walker said he had been primed to make a contribution.

“It means the world to me, truly,” Walker said.

“By the grace of God, I was given an opportunity to play. Night-in, night-out I’ve been going to the gym, everyone’s been telling me to stay ready — Bron, coach, all of them. So when the call came I was locked in the entire time.”

The Lakers will take a 3-1 series lead to San Francisco for game five on Wednesday with the Warriors needing to win to keep the series alive.

For long periods of Monday’s game it looked as if the champions were poised to square the series.

Stephen Curry finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in a dazzling playmaking performance that helped Golden State take an 84-77 lead into the fourth quarter.

But the introduction of Walker changed the game, with the unlikely hero scoring 15 points as the Lakers outscored their opponents 27-17 in the final frame to clinch victory.

‘A resilient bunch’ 

“We’re just a resilient bunch,” James said. “They hit us with haymaker after haymaker after haymaker, trying to get us to fall.

“We just stayed in the fight. It’s a 48-minute game, a 12-round boxing match. And we stayed in it for 12 rounds and were able to pull through.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr paid tribute to Walker’s fourth-quarter performance.

“I don’t know whether he scored all their points in the fourth quarter but it felt like it,” Kerr said. “He made a huge impact.

“A lot of times that’s what the playoffs are about. A close game and somebody comes in who you don’t expect to make an impact. The fourth was about Walker.”

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