The LA Lakers Triumph Over the Miami Heat

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Kaleigh Stewart, Reporter

After a 10 year championship drought, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat clinching the win in a 4-2 series win. The Lakers made a bet at the beginning of the of the longest, roughest season in NBA history any team with Lebron James and Anthony Davis could win a championship. After over 90 days in the bubble, James and the Lakers clinched their 17th NBA Championship title to tie with the Boston Celtics for the most titles of all time.

The Lakers along with the rest of the NBA faced many hardships including the lack of spectators, the four month suspension due to the pandemic and then having to be isolated in a self-contained piece of Disney World Orlando, Florida. 

”It doesn’t matter where it happens if you win a championship,” James said as he stepped off the court, celebratory cigar in his right hand. “A bubble Miami, Golden State- it doesn’t matter. When you get to this point, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world for a basketball player to be able to win at the highest level.” 

James went on to win his fourth career most valuable player after making his ninth trip to the finals in the past 10 seasons. He fueled the team Sunday and led by as many as 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. For the series, he averaged 29.8 points,11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists while shooting 59 percent for field goals. 

After former Los Angeles Basketball player Kobe Bryant passed on January 26, 2020 James made a promise to continue Bryant’s legacy. The Lakers wore the ‘Black Mamba’ jersey which Kobe himself helped design during many postseason games. They went 4-0 in the jersey including winning the championship game wearing it. 

“Lebron James is the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “And if you think you know, you don’t know, Until you’re around him everyday, coaching him, you’re seeing his mind, you’re seeing his adjustments, you’re seeing the way he leads the group. If you think you know, you don’t know. And it’s just been a remarkable experience coaching him.” 

Lebron James reached many milestones including going 25-0 in playoff series against the East since 2011, leading in total triple doubles in NBA finals history, and being second leading in all time scoring leaders in NBA finals history behind Jerry West.