ORLANDO, FL – SEPTEMBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react during Game One of the NBA Finals on September 30, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


They’ve done it! 2020 NBA Champions! The Lakers finally closed out the Miami Heat Sunday evening, winning 106-93. They cap off (literally) the longest NBA season in the history of the league, coming out as champions of the 2019-20 NBA season that will never be forgotten. The season was obviously an emotional rollercoaster due to the passing of Kobe Bryant in January and the season’s suspension in March due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

The Lakers defined the word “perseverance” though, keeping their head down the entire season with some extreme intensity in the playoffs once they started in early August. They weaved their way through the bubble playoffs with ease, giving “gentleman sweeps” to the Trail Blazers, Rockets, and Nuggets before dispatching the Heat in six games.

Lakers destroy the Heat in first half

The Lakers went into halftime with a sizable 28-point lead, leading the Heat 64-36 after the first two quarters. The second quarter is where the Lakers really dismantled the Heat, outscoring them 36-16 in the frame. The halftime lead of 28 points was actually the second-largest halftime lead for a team in NBA Finals history.

The move to place Alex Caruso into the starting lineup for Dwight Howard paid off for Frank Vogel, as the Lakers’ offense was able to move seamlessly without Dwight in the game at the five. The change was even more effective on the defensive end, as it allowed the Lakers to switch more and play more free which allowed them to cause nine first half turnovers for the Heat.

The Lakers never looked back, although they did come out slow in the 4th quarter. Either way, they had enough of a cushion that they were able to pull it together midway through the quarter to end the game 106-93.

The Lakers two superstars end the season on a great note

LeBron James had his 11th NBA Finals triple-double, an all-time record that he had already possessed. He ended the game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Anthony Davis did not seem like a man who was hobbled after game five with a heel contusion. Instead, he looked like the defensive player of the year, like he has all season. He ended with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks.

LeBron is under contract next season, but the Lakers will have to put together a deal for Davis as he will be a free agent. All signs (especially a championship with LeBron) point towards him signing with the Lakers, so, with that being said…


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