Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
Los Angeles Lakers team led by superstar LeBron James dominated the Miami Heat 106- 93 on Sunday to win a record-equalling 17th NBA Championship their first in a decade.
The Lakers victory tied them with the Boston Celtics for most NBA championship and capped an unprecedented season that resumed in July at a spectator free campus at Disney World in Florida after a four-month continuous lockdown.
Lakers star LeBron James added another chapter to an epic career, fueling the Lakers with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists and capturing his fourth NBA Title with a third different team as well as earning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors for the fourth time.
The Lakers, who won their first title since 2010, also got a key contribution from Rajon Rondo as the veteran point guard delivered an early offensive burst that helped them to a 28-point halftime lead and the Heat never threatened again.
Anthony Davis, playing in his first championship series after years of frustration in New Orleans, added 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Lakers completed a four -games to-two triumph in the best of seven championship Series more than eight months after the death in a helicopter crash of team legend Kobe Bryant, who led the Lakers to their last title in 2010.
The Miami Heat who had stunned the Lakers on Friday on the back of Jimmy Butler’s gritty triple-double, couldn’t produce another miracle in the face of Los Angeles stifling defense.
Bam Adebayo led the Heat with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Butler and Jae Crowder added 12 points apiece but Miami simply had no answer for the knockout blow Los Angeles delivered in the first half.
The entire Los Angeles team dedicated the team’s 17th NBA Championship to the late Kobe Bryant as well as his daughter Gigi Bryant who both tragically passed away in January.