By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, winning the best-of-seven series four games to two.
This is the 17th title for Lakers, tying them with the Boston Celtics for the most all time championships in NBA history and it was the Lakers’ first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.
Lakers star Lebron James was named NBA Finals MVP after finishing the night with a triple-double: 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. The honour made him become the first player in NBA history to earn NBA Finals MVP with three different teams (Mimi Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers), and it is his fourth NBA championship.
“For me to be a part of such a historical franchise is an unbelievable feeling, not only for myself but for my teammates, for the organization, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that’s here,” James said on the court after winning the title.
He added, “We just want our respect. (Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager) Rob (Pelinka) wants his respect. (Lakers head) coach (Frank) Vogel wants his respect. Our organization wants their respect. Laker nation wants their respect. And I want my damn respect, too.”
The NBA games were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed in July at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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