Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler (22) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Basketball Finals Sunday October 11, 2020
This season, for LeBron James and the LA Lakers, it had it all. And it ended the only way they thought was acceptable, with them back on top of the basketball world.
For the first time since Kobe Bryant’s 5th and final title 10 years ago, the LA Lakers are NBA champions. James had 28pts, 14rbs and 10asts, and the LA Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night to win the NBA Finals in six games.
Anthony Davis had 19pts and 15rbs 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 3 months to play Walt Disney World (WDD) 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 4th title, doing so with a third different franchise – and against the Heat franchise which showed him to become a champion.
Bam Adebayo got 25pts and 10rbs for Miami, who got 12pts from Jimmy Butler – the player who, in his first Miami Heat season, brought the team back to the title. Rajon Rondo scored 19pts. for the LA Lakers.
With that, the league bubble chapter, set up after a 4.5 month suspension from play that began on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is over. 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 – and then the shock on January 1. 26 who came with the news that Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash.
The Lakers said they played the rest of the season in his memory.
They delivered what Kobe Bryant did five times for LA Lakers – a ring, and the clincher was adamant.
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 2 points in the half, 33% from 3 points and even an unusual 42% from the line, not like all that really mattered. The Lakers got whatever they wanted and then some, outscoring Miami 36-16 in the second quarter and doing it all with James taking just one shot in the period.
Rajon Rondo, now 2 time champion and the first to win rings as a player in Boston and Los Angeles – the franchises now tied with 17 titles each – had 6 for 6 in the half the first time he did. that. since November 2007. The LA Lakers lead was 46-32 with 5:00 remaining in the half, and they outscored Miami Heat 18-4 from there until intermission.
Ball game. The 28pts half time lead was the second-largest in NBA Finals history, overcome only by the Boston Celtics leading the LA Lakers 79-49 on May 27, 1985.
True to form, the Miami Heat – a No.5 seed in the Eastern Conference who finished with a losing record last season, a team that rose to the bubble challenge like no other – have not stopped play, not even when the deficit has widened. to 36 in the third trimester.
A 23-8 run by Miami took the Heat to 90-69 with 8:37 to go. But the outcome was never in doubt, and soon after, confetti was hurled into the air as the Lakers’ celebration officially and officially began.
LA Lakers: Davis wasn’t wearing the gold painted sneakers he had for Game 5; instead, he went with reds and blacks on Sunday. … Among the ring winners: Dion Waiters, who started this season with the Miami Heat; Talen Horton-Tucker, 19 (turns 20 on November 25) and Kostas Antetokounmpo – the brother of two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Miami Heat: Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) arrived at the end of the first quarter, his first appearance since Game 1 of the series. … Jae Crowder had 12 points and Duncan Robinson had 10 for the Miami Heat.
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John Salley and Robert Horry were, until Sunday, the only players to win championships with three different franchises. James (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers) and Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors) added their names to this list with this title.
Miami Heat led the NBA with 94 games played this season – 30 more than Minnesota, which played the least in the NBA. The Heat finished with 1,247 3 points this season, including the playoffs, 290 more than any other year in the team’s history.
Nobody knows. The draft is set for November 18, but the start dates for free agency, training camps and the schedule for next season could be weeks away from being finalized.