The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Miami Heat in Game 6, 106-93, in the NBA Finals on Oct. 11 in a match where the Heat were unable to ever take the lead.
LeBron James, L.A. Lakers forward, made history yet again, earning Finals MVP honors for the third franchise in his career (one-of-four players in league history), finishing with a triple-double performance (28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists).
“I think personally thinking I have something to prove fuels me and it fueled me this last year and a half,” said James with a cigar in his hand after the game.
The Lakers captured their 17th championship title in the organization’s history and did it in style by leading by as much as 36 points to drop the Heat 4-2 in a series that had many ups and downs.
The Lakers led by 28 points at halftime which marked the second-largest halftime lead in NBA Finals history.
James had help, though, down the stretch, getting substantial contributions from point guard Rajon Rondo and center Anthony Davis who both scored 19 points.
Heat star forward Jimmy Butler was held in check, scoring only 12 points while center Bam Adebayo led Miami with 25 points and pulled down 10 boards.
L.A. cleaned the glass with 46 rebounds (12 offensive) and shot nearly 49 percent from the field while knocking down 64.3 percent of its free throws.
It has been 10 years ago since the Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant who died in a Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash, reached and won the finals. Now, James had helped “Kobe’s team” recapture NBA prominence with the Lakers’ impressive victory.
“I’ve never won with this atmosphere … we’ve never been a part of this,” James said of playing in the bubble. “This was very challenging and difficult and it played with your mind – it played with your body. … This [championship] is right up there with one of the greatest accomplishments I have.”