Netease Sports reported on October 7:
In the fourth game of the finals today,
In the last 2 minutes and 58 seconds, Pope counterattacked to ambush the bottom corner, then LeBron assisted and hit the key three-pointer. In the last 2 minutes and 02 seconds, Pope tore the defense and forced a layup and hit again. Expanding the lead to 7 points also laid the foundation for victory.
"I just did what I was supposed to do, break through when it was time to break, and grasp the open three-pointer. Focusing on the game, I think my teammates must be looking forward to my shooting. When I shoot, there are a bunch of teammates. It feels really good to support behind the scenes.” Pope said when talking about his performance in the last moments.
Speaking of Pope’s performance, coach Vogel said: "(These 5 points) are too critical! He is very courageous and dared to take shots at critical moments. This season, Pope has played a role in the team’s offensive and defensive success. Great effect."
"James led the Lakers to victory with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but the hero of this game is Pope with 15 points and 5 assists!" Lakers legend Magic Johnson directly regarded Pope as the team's hero.