It was a game that displayed domination from one team as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93, winning the 2020 NBA Finals in six games.
LeBron James provided another example last night as to why he is considered one of the best players of all time. He attained another triple-double performance (28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists), leading his team to victory and winning NBA Finals MVP.
Behind him was his teammate Anthony Davis, who scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the contest. Rajon Rondo became “Playoff Rondo” as he put up 19 points off the bench in 30 minutes played, while shooting over 70 percent from the field.
The first quarter saw both squads not giving an inch which was consistent in the finals. The Lakers headed into the second quarter up 28-20 and it was at that time they took over.
They outscored Miami 36-16, going into the locker room at the end of the first half up 64-36. During the quarter, the Lakers slammed the throttle down and never let up as James, Davis, Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all scored in double figures.
On the other side, the Heat could not answer to the Lakers defense. They shot under 35 percent from the field and under 35 percent from beyond the arc.
In addition, one of Miami’s traits was shooting exceptionally well from the charity stripe. Going into game six they averaged 88 percent from the line; once the first half ended, they headed into the locker room shooting 41.7 percent. Miami finished the game with a 59.1 free-throw percentage.
Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and the rest of the Miami Heat knew they were in a deep hole. It was a challenge that was going to be the toughest and hard to complete.
Miami would go on to outscore Los Angeles in the second half, but the lead was insurmountable and when they tried to make a run the Lakers were there to keep them in check.
Once the buzzer sounded to end the game Lebron and the rest of his squad stormed the court in celebration. The Lakers won their 17th NBA championship, tying the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history. It’s their first title since the late and Laker great Kobe Bryant led them to a championship in 2010.
Miami did a fantastic job in the finals and in the playoffs overall. They started their journey by sweeping the Indiana Pacers and then had to go through the Milwaukee Bucks who had the best record in the league.
The Heat knocked off the heavy-favorited Bucks in five games and the Boston Celtics in six. They came into the finals as a five seed, the only NBA team to reach the finals as a fifth-seeded competitor.
In game one, the Heat lost Adebayo and Goran Dragic because of injuries. They went down 2-0 in the series and Jimmy Butler’s performance in games three and five pushed the series to six games.
There is a good chance we could see the Heat back in the finals soon. Butler is under contract until 2022 but has a player option for the 2022-2023 season. The young core of Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are also under contract and can use this experience from the finals to get better.
The NBA offseason has officially started and it will be interesting to see what unfolds in the next couple of months. The NBA is expected to start their regular season in 2021.