Ten years after his last title with his late star Kobe Bryant in a terrible accident, the Los Angeles Lakers once again climbed to the top of the NBA, winning Sunday in Orlando their seventeenth title at the expense of the Heat de Miami(4-2) and equaling the record of his historical rivals Boston Celtics.
The Lakers, led by star LeBron James, dominated Miami 106-93 in the Orlando Health Bubble that hosted the matches after a four and a half month hiatus due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, so he won his first title since 2010 with Bryant, who died with his daughter Gianna (13 years) and others in an accident His helicopter crashed last January.
Lakers lifted the Larry O’Brien Cup skyward, with the end of a strange season, the longest in history, disturbed by the departure of Bryant and historic League Commissioner David Stern, a sports crisis with China, and a racist crisis inside the country before the near-fatal intervention of the Coronavirus.
Club owner Jenny Bass said, “We lived through a heartbreaking tragedy with the departure of our beloveds Kobe and Gianna. I hope this cup reminds us that when we unite and trust each other, wonderful things can happen.”
Unity was necessary for the front of the courage of the Miami Heat, who ran out of fuel from his engines, especially his wonderful star Jimmy Butler, who also deserved the title due to his wonderful performance in the series Final except for the sixth game.
James is the best player
“King” LeBron James emerged with “Triple Double” (at least ten in three statistical categories) by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, winning his fourth title with three different clubs and becoming the first player to win the best player award in the final round with three clubs.
The thirty-five-year-old, who has crowned the best player in the league four times, had promised the “Lakers Nation” that the title would be returned to it to “perpetuate” Kobe’s legacy.
James has become a prominent place among the fans of the yellow and purple team, despite his previous crowning with Miami in particular (2012 and 2013) alongside stars Duane Wade and Chris Bush and then his historic team Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), but the 2020 title was an urgent need to enter history, especially in the season of Bryant’s departure.
“Representing this team means a lot to me,” James said, recalling what he said after he arrives in 2018, “I want to restore this brand to the place it deserves.”
James, who played in his 260th knockout match, beating record holder Derek Fisher, continued, “The feeling of belonging to this historic brand is wonderful.”
For the 28th time in the knockout rounds, and two attempts away from Magic Johnson, LeBron succeeded in achieving “Triple Double”.
James and his colleague Danny Greene became the third and fourth player to win the title with three different clubs, after Robert Hurry (Rockets, Spears, and Lakers) and John Sally (Pistons, Bulls, and Lakers), noting that Greene was previously crowned with Spears and Raptors.
He didn’t shine on his own, adding Anthony Davis 19 points and 15 rebounds, as the former New Orleans Pelicans player won his first league title.
One of the most satisfying things, James said, was helping 27-year-old Davis win his first title: “I know it feels like being seven years incapable of climbing the plateau. Being able to push him and make him realize how great he is … that’s a big thing.”
Butler finally acquiesces
Hit, fifth in the Eastern Province in the regular round was a symbol of not giving up in front of the most eye-catching team in the league, trying to win its fourth title after 2006, 2012, and 2013.
But his star Butler, 31, scored 12 points and 8 assists, after his mighty efforts in the fifth match.
But I think we fought all year long, and we stayed together despite the pitfalls, ”said Butler, who suffered from a difficult childhood and moved in the league the last two seasons.
In light of the great defense of the former Chicago Bulls star, Pam Adebayo was the best player to score with Hit (25 points and 10 rebounds) and was able to symbolically narrow the difference in the fourth quarter.
After missing three games due to an injury to his left foot, veteran Slovenian playmaker Goran Draghic came back unexpectedly, but his departure from the rhythm was expected (5 points), while the two shooters from long distances were satisfied with young Tyler Hero and Duncan Robinson with seven points and ten in a row.
The Lakers were the best, strongest and fiercest in the sixth game, in an attempt not to give Miami a chance to pounce in the last moments, similar to the fifth game Friday.
He made a big gap in the second quarter, scoring 36 points, ie the total number of Hitpoints in the first half (64-36).
Four of the Lakers players scored ten or more points before the break.
Veteran distributor Frank Vogel added six balls from 6 attempts, building the Lakers the second biggest difference before the break in the history of the final matches (+28).
After entering as a substitute, Rondo, who won the 2008 title with Boston, scored 19 points, and Kentavius Caldwell-Bob added 17 points and Danny Greene 11.