The Los Angeles Lakers have been crowned NBA champions for the first time in 10 years, beating Miami Heat 106-93 to seal a 4-2 series victory.
JOB’S FINISHED: YOUR LOS ANGELES LAKERS ARE NBA CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/Dnxtgt9i1d
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020
LA Lakers’ key man LeBron James was named MVP (most valuable player) of the Finals for the fourth time overall after another significant performance – he scored 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
— NBA (@NBA) October 12, 2020
James becomes the first player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP with three different teams and has four MVP awards, behind only Michael Jordan who managed six.
The Lakers’ players paid tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant who passed away in a helicopter crash in January alongside his daughter Gianna.
Anthony Davis, who scored 19 points, said: “Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted is to do it for him, and we didn’t let him down.”
The Lakers led by eight points after the first quarter, and never lost control, taking a 28-point lead into half time. They have now won a record-equaling 17 NBA championships, level with Boston Celtics as the most in NBA history.
The NBA winners had failed to qualify for the play-offs for six consecutive years before this season but the arrival of James and Anthony Davis changed the team’s fortunes.
There was no crowd to witness the Lakers’ heroics due to the coronavirus pandemic at the Walt Disney World in Florida. The players have been in a bio-secure bubble since July 31 and can now see their friends and family.