In what will be the longest NBA season thus far, the Los Angeles Lakers have defeated Miami Heat 106-93 to win their 17th Championship in the Franchise’s history.
The Lakers had gone 6 years without an appearance in the playoffs and 10 years with a title, the last coming in 2010 with the late Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol.
Similar to game 1, the Lakers came out and started strong, blowing out the Miami Heat and going to a 32 points lead midway the third quarter on the back of a masterful Lebron James Triple Double (28 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST) Anthony Davis (Anthony Davis: 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks), and Rajon Rondo strong contribution (19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) from the bench.
Lakers took charge of the series early, winning games 1 and 2 but a Jimmy Butler triple-double inspired the Heat to a game 3 win. Lakers claimed game 4 and hoped to close the series in 5 but the Heat had other plans, Duncan Robinson keeping their season alive and pushing the game to a game 6.
Miami Heat lost Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic in Game 1 due to injuries but the heroics of Jimmy Butler and the supporting cast made sure they would save the series long enough for the pair to return.
The Lakers finished the playoffs 16-5 having won the first round(Trailblazers), semis (Rockets), WCF (Nuggets) all by 4-1, and the finals against Miami Heat 4-2.
This will be Lebron James’s 4th title, having won two with Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rajon Rondo becomes the first player to win a title with both the Boston Celtics and the Lakers. JR Smith wins his second title having won one with Lebron James in Cleveland.