The Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat 106-93 in the sixth game of the final series today (11) and became NBA champion. This was the 17th title won by the Californian franchise in the history of the league, the first by LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the purple and gold shirt. With the achievement, the team drew with the Boston Celtics as the biggest winners in NBA history.
This was the Los Angeles team’s first achievement in the LeBron James era. The superstar of world basketball arrived to be the star of the team last year. Still without Anthony Davis as a companion and suffering from injuries, he was unable to take the team into the postseason. Today, LeBron James was consecrated MVP of the finals for the fourth time in his career, the only one to achieve the feat.
A year later, with a new coaching staff and reinforced squad, the team ran the league’s second best campaign in the regular season, outperforming Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets in the playoffs before defeating Miami by 4 games 2 Heat, by Jimmy Butler and sensations Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, in six final games.
It was 8 years out of the playoffs and exactly 10 years without an achievement, when the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the Boston Celtics. LeBron James now raises the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the fourth time for three different franchises: Miami Heat (twice), Cleveland Cavaliers and now Los Angeles Lakers.
In the first two attacks of the game, both Lakers and Heat scored. If in this first moment the teams seemed to have the same pace and the same effectiveness, this panorama was changing with the passage of the first quarter, which ended 28 to 20 for the Los Angeles team. Even with three three-point shots, the Heat saw LeBron and Davis combine to 17 points in the first 12 minutes.
The next quarter was even more overwhelming: with Lakers tightening the scoring and with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the supporting but experienced Rajon Rondo in the offensive sector, the gap went up from eight points to 28 points. The end of the second quarter marked 64 to 36.
In the last two periods, it was enough to manage the excellent result created in the previous quarters. At the end of the third quarter, the Lakers won by 31 points and LeBron was already flirting with the triple-double. The next quarter saw the spectacular performance: 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for LeBron, 19 points and 15 rebounds for Davis and 19 points for Rajon Rondo, 106 to 93, and Lakers champion in the Disney bubble.