The Los Angeles Lakers took care of business Sunday night (Oct. 11) in game 6 of the NBA Finals, defeating the game Miami Heat and winning it all. With the 17th championship for the Lake Show, they are now tied with another storied franchise in the Boston Celtics for the most trophies.
With a score of 106-93, the Lakers never looked to be in trouble on the back of a dominant performance by LeBron James who delivered 28 points, handed out 10 assists, and hauled in 14 rebounds to boot.
Off the bench, the equally ageless Rajon Rondo came in and delivered a solid 19 points with 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal. Anthony Davis also chipped in with 19, and 15 rebounds with 2 blocks and a steal. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 17 points and strong defense, as did Danny Green who also played hard on the defensive end. and delivered 11 points.
The Miami Heat gave it their best effort and even went on a strong second-half run with Bam Adebayo delivering 25 points, 10 boards, and 5 assists. Jimmy Butler scored 12, dished out 8 assists, and took in 7 rebounds. The Heat’s golden boy in Tyler Herro had a tough night with just 7 points scored on 3-10 shooting, with KCP and Green blanketing Herro and fellow deep-ball shooter Duncan Robinson anytime they got near the ball.
Of course, the Heat was somewhat banged up as Goran Dragic returned after sitting out a few games. Adebayo was also nursing injuries but came in to try to give his team a chance. Both should be commended for taking on the challenge, but it was clear from the opening tip that James and the Lakers were ready to celebrate.
With the passing of Lakers great Kobe Bryant weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of the players, it is fitting that they dug deep and steamrolled their way to a win.
NBA Twitter chimed in as expected and we’ve got some of their reaction below.
The @Lakers are now tied with our heated rivals the Celtics with 17 NBA World Championships! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍💍— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 12, 2020
Anthony Davis FaceTimed his ex-teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, in championship locker room tonight. Cousins is eligible for a Lakers ring.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2020
This one is for you brother, for you Gianna, for Vanessa, for Natalia, for Bianka and for Capri. 🐍🖤— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 12, 2020
Congratulations to the entire @Lakers team, @JeanieBuss and the Lakers family for winning the 17th championship!! 👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/glYG421whq
Mamba and Mambacita Forever.— ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) October 12, 2020
The Lakers have done it For Kobe and For Gigi 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/I9qKw6TDUW
The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA Champions, so the GOAT King must sit upon his throne today...— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 12, 2020
"GOAT James the GOAT King! Hear ye, hear ye! Come one, come all! Skip, how I look?!" 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/y5kxchMMOt
GOOOD MORNING TO LAKERS FANS ONLY pic.twitter.com/UkQtjEv84O— Lakers Empire (@LakersEmpire) October 12, 2020
The Lakers team bus left Quinn Cook at the arena 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/bHoYXPsd6U— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) October 12, 2020
I put up the picture on the Left and someone took the time to do this on the right... Why can't @KingJames just be GREAT. He's one of the best to ever do it. Just plain and simple. pic.twitter.com/QHyNEKxYhV— CreditStrikerTV (@CreditStrikerTV) October 12, 2020
LeBron and the Lakers dedicate the season to Kobe and Gigi...then win the Championship on National Father/Daughter Day. I don't believe in coincidence. #LakersNation— Molly Qerim Rose (@MollyQerim) October 12, 2020