On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-90 in game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals to win the series 4-2.
The championship marks number 17 for the Lakers, tying the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history. LeBron James averaged 29.8 points on nearly 59 percent shooting to go along with 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game in the Finals on the way to his fourth NBA championship. James also won Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career, becoming the first player in NBA history to win the award for three different franchises. After the game, Lakers coach Frank Vogel called James, “the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen.”
Despite James winning Finals MVP, the Lakers got a lot of help from their other star, Anthony Davis. Davis averaged 25 points, 10.7 rebounds and two blocks per game in the 2020 finals to win his first NBA championship. Rajon Rondo also came up huge with 19 points on 73 percent shooting in the closeout game six against Miami and became just the second player in NBA history to win a championship with both the Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
The Bubble Affect
After being put on hold for nearly five months due to a global pandemic, the Lakers’ championship puts an end to the longest season in NBA history. The NBA put together the best possible solution to finish the season and were able to crown a champion in a season many feared would be lost. Instead, the NBA would have one of the most memorable playoff runs of all-time.
The Lakers are no average NBA championship team, the challenges that teams endured inside the bubble are something no other champion has had to do in the past. Being separated from friends and family for over three months and being quarantined in one area clearly made an impact on teams and individuals and is not something anyone ever expected to see. Not only did the Lakers need to beat the team in front of them, they needed to be sure the bubble did not beat them.
By winning the 2020 NBA Finals, the Lakers have accomplished something no NBA team has done before and hopefully will never have to again. Although no date is set for the start of next season, the Lakers will enter as favorites to repeat as champions.
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