The low Angeles Lakers are the new champions, defeating Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, winning the best-of-seven series, four games to two.
It is the 17th title for the franchise, tying the Lakers with Boston Celtics for the most all-time in the history of NBA.
It’s the fourth championship for LeBron James, in his 10th NBA Finals. James is the 2020 NBA Finals MVP, winning the vote unanimously over teammate Anthony Davis. James previously won two titles with the Heat (2012 and 2013) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016). On Sunday night he became the all-time leader in playoff games played, at 260. He finished the night with a triple-double: 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists giving him his fourth Finals MVP award to go along with his fourth championship trophy. James now trails only Michael Jordan, who has won six Finals MVP awards throughout his career.
James seemingly trailed Davis in the earlier part of the series. Davis averaged 33 points, 11.5 rebounds and 63.4% shooting in the first two games, including a blistering 14-of-15 stretch to start Game 2, but foul trouble in Game 3, as well as an aggressive defensive strategy against him as the series progressed, decreased his offensive impact.
LeBron James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the 6 NBA Finals game against Miami Heat. According to StatMuse, James averages 28.4 points, 10 rebounds and almost eights assists in 55 Finals games.
James only got stronger as the series progressed. In Game 5, he scored a staggering 40 points on 15-of-21 shooting. Jimmy Butler did manage to extend the series to a sixth game, but the Lakers overwhelmed the Heat from there.
James is now the first in NBA history to win the award with three different franchises: Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and now, the Lakers. Only two other players have won it with two teams: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors).