As I predicted in my last article, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games in the 2020 NBA Finals. The longest and arguably the craziest season in NBA history finally came to an end.
The series started with the Lakers coming out dominant, taking a 2-0 series lead. However, the Heat did not back down. They came out in game three and got the win, closing the Lakers series lead to 2-1. In game four, the Lakers came out and once again took control of the series, defeating the Heat and taking a 3-1 series lead. With their season on the line in game five, the Heat, and specifically Jimmy Butler, came to play. The game was close down the stretch, with LeBron James and Jimmy Butler going back and forth, but in the end, the Heat were able to defeat the Lakers and force a game six. The Lakers headed into game six with an opportunity once again to close out the series, and they delivered. The Lakers absolutely dominated in game six of the NBA finals. They sported a 28 point halftime lead and ended up winning by 13 points.
LeBron James won finals MVP, which is the fourth of his career, and he became the first player in NBA history to win finals MVP on three different teams.
The Lakers already had numerous NBA champions on their roster such as LeBron James, Danny Green, Rajon Rondo, and some others. For some, however, this was their first, most notably, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard. The two big men who got to add NBA champion to their already decorated resumes. Both players were visibly emotional after finally winning their first ring.
The Lakers have now tied the Boston Celtics for the most NBA titles of all time with 17. This was a rollercoaster of a season for the entire NBA, especially the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost franchise great, Kobe Bryant. After the game, Anthony Davis said, “All we want to do is do it for him [Kobe], and we didn’t let him down.”
I know Kobe and Gianna Bryant are looking down on the Lakers smiling, knowing that they won this championship for them.