The testing, challenging, and unpredictable 2019/20 NBA season has come to an end. It was Los Angeles Lakers who came out on top, capturing their record-tying 17th NBA title with a 106-93 win over Miami Heat in deciding Game 6 on Sunday night.
After narrowly missing the chance to clinch the championship in Game 5, the Lakers didn’t intend to leave it to a last-second shot this time around. They dominated the contest from the very beginning, and by the time the first half ended, they were sitting at a 28-point lead.
The lead didn’t change much by the fourth quarter, at which point the Heat tried to rally for another improbable comeback. However, the difference was too much to make up for and Lakers took care of business to get the franchise’s first championship in a decade.
“We have a Ph.D. in adversity, I can tell you that much,” said Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel. “We’ve been through a lot, but I’m so damn proud of this team. World champions!”
The Lakers are now tied with their bitter rivals Boston Celtics as the franchise with most titles in NBA history.
Lakers’ superstar LeBron James was the best player on the floor once again, pouring in 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 11th triple double in the NBA Finals. James averaged 33.1 points per game throughout the series against Miami, resulting in the fourth NBA Finals MVP award of his career.
“The first thing you start to think about is how much work you’ve put in over the course of the year,” said James after the game. “How much you’ve sacrificed, how much you’ve dedicated to the game, and to your craft. That’s always been the most fulfilling thing for me, besides seeing my teammates as happy as they are. Being able to know that you can put the work in, literally trust the process, live about the process and then see the results.”
James had help in All-Star Anthony Davis, who added 19 points and 15 rebounds, while veteran Rajon Rondo scored 19 off the bench.
Bam Adebayo had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Miami, but rest of his teammates failed to raise up to the occasion. No other Heat player had more than 12 points.