LeBron, AD lead Lakers to win NBA 2020 title

Finals MVP LeBron James tallies a triple-double and Rajon Rondo adds 19 points as the Lakers roll in Game 6 to win the franchise's 17th NBA title. (NBA.com photo)

THE Larry O’Brien trophy is back to Tinsel town!

The Los Angeles Lakers schooled the Miami Heat with a dominating 106-93 win in Game 6 to win the Best-of-7 Finals series, 4-2 and clinched the franchise 17th NBA title.

LeBron James copped his fourth Finals MVP as he led the Lakers with a triple-double performance – 28 points on a 13-of-20 shooting clip, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, which was his 11th career triple-doubles in the Finals and his 28th overall in the playoffs, to bring back the NBA championship to Los Angeles since 2010. This was James’ 10th NBA Finals appearance.

The victory was also James’ 4th championship (Miami 2012 & 2013, Cleveland 2016), third for Danny Green (San Antonio 2014, Toronto 2019) and JaVale McGee (GSW 2017 & 2018) and second for Rajon Rondo (Boston 2008), Quinn Cook (GSW 2018) and JR Smith (Cleveland 2016) while Dwight Howard finally won a championship and Anthony Davis’ first.

The title-clinching win was all about the Lakers defense that choked on the usually high scoring games of Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. With James shadowing him all game long, Butler was limited to just 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 45 minutes inside the floor while Herro scored only seven points.

The Lakers were on attack mode from the get-go as they upped the pace of the game with Alex Caruso inserted into the starting line-up, which was his first playoffs start, in lieu of Howard.

Davis, who was listed probably before the game because of an Achilles Heels injury in Game 5 sank the first basket of the game off a fed from James. Miami answered with an alley-oop dunk of Bam Adebayo from the assist of Tyler Herro to even the score for the first time.

James answered with a running dunk from the assist of Caruso, which literally set the fire for the Lakers.

The Heat managed to even the count two more times before it went all the way for a Lakers show. Miami never tasted the lead despite the reactivation of Goran Dragic who missed the previous four games due to a torn plantar fascia on his right foot.

After the last deadlock at 13-all at the 5:19 mark, the Lakers went ballistics and dropped 15-7 bomb to close the first quarter with a 28-20 lead.

The Lakers never looked back as their shots found its mark and its defense clipping the usually high productions of Butler, Robinson and Herro.

Rondo’s triple on James’ assist at the 3:29 mark of the third period gave the Lakers its biggest lead of the game, 82-46.

The Heat countered with a 12-5 run to cut down the Lakers lead to 87-58 at the end of the third period.

Miami made its final thrust as Bam Adebayo and Dragic combining efforts to cut down the lead to 94-73 at the 5:43 mark of the final frame.

However, James dosed cold water of the Heat rally with a triple on the 5:26 mark as the Lakers then played to preserve the lead until the final buzzer.

The Lakers converted 43-of-89 shots while Miami sank only 35-of-79 attempts.

Besides James, Davis scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Rajon Rondo made also 19 points off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 17 points and Danny Green contributed 11 points for the Lakers victory.

Bam Adebayo top-scored for Miami with 25 points, Jae Crowder also made 12 points and Duncan Robinson scattered 10 points.

The Lakers took the top spot in the West with a 52-19 record while Miami was 44-29 before the season was cut short after the coronavirus disease outbreak.

In “The Bubble,” the Lakers were 3-of-5, before eliminating Portland Trailblazers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs. Los Angeles went to beat the Houston Rockets 4-1 in the conference semifinals and defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals. The heat meanwhile, swept the Indiana Pacers 4-0 in the first round, eliminated top seeds Milwaukee Bucks 4-1 in the conference semifinals and defeated the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals RCM