Los Angeles Lakers
- Points: LeBron James – 28
- Aides: LeBron James – 10
- Rebounds: Anthony Davis – 15
- Points: Bam Adebayo – 25
- Aides: Jimmy Butler – 8
- Rebonds: Bam Adebayo – 10
Lakers win best of seven series 4-2
The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for James and the Lakers, that was it. And it ended in the only way they found acceptable, with them back on top of the basketball world.
For the first time since Kobe Bryant’s fifth and final title ten years ago, the Lakers are NBA champions. James had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 to win the NBA Finals in six games.
Anthony Davis had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who faced the enormous angst that followed the iconic Bryant’s death in January and all the challenges that came with leaving home for three months to play Walt Disney World in a bubble designed to protect residents from the coronavirus.
It would be, James predicts, the most difficult title to win.
They made the tire easy. James won his fourth title, doing so with a third different franchise – and against the Heat franchise that showed him to become a champion.
Bam Adebayo had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, who got 12 points from Jimmy Butler, the player who, in his first Heat season, brought the team back to the title. Rajon Rondo scored 19 points for the Lakers.
With that, the league bubble chapter, set up after a four and a half month suspension from play that began on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has ended.
The same goes for a season that saw the league and China engage in political battles, the Jan. 1 death of Commissioner Emeritus David Stern – the man who did so much to make the league what it is – then the shock on January 26. It came with the news that Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a helicopter crash.
The Lakers said they played the rest of the season in his memory.
They delivered what Bryant did five times for the Lakers: a championship ring. And the decisive victory was categorical.
Game 6 was over at halftime, with the Lakers taking a 64-36 lead at the break. The Heat never led and couldn’t shoot from anywhere: 35% from two points away in the first half, 33% from three points and even an unusual 42% from the free throw line.
The Lakers were getting whatever they wanted, edging Miami 36-16 in the second quarter and doing it all with James taking just one shot in the period.
Rondo, now two-time champion and the first player to win rings as a player with the Boston Celtics and Lakers – the franchises now tied with 17 titles apiece – was 6-for-6 in the first half, the first time. he had been doing this since November 2007. The Lakers lead was 46-32 with 5:00 left in the half, and they outscored Miami 18-4 from there until intermission.
Game over. The 28-point halftime lead was the second-largest in NBA Finals history, overcome only by the Celtics leading the Lakers 79-49 on May 27, 1985.
True to form, the Heat, the No.5 seed in the Eastern Conference who finished in a loss record last season, a team that rose to the bubble challenge like no other team, have continued to grow. play, not even when the deficit rose to 36 points in the third quarter.
A 23-8 led by Miami took the Heat to 90-69 with 8:37 left in the game. But the outcome was never in doubt, and soon after, confetti was thrown into the air as the Lakers’ celebration officially and officially began.
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