Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat and the championship.
Los Angeles Lakers defeated Miami Heat 106-93, in Game 6 on Sunday, outlasting the underdogs to claim its 17th championship in franchise history. James secured the fourth title of his illustrious career, leading a third different team to the crown after previously winning with the Heat in 2012 and 2013 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. The 35-year-old forward, who finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, became just the second player in NBA history to win four Finals MVP awards.
Faster. More. The Miami Heat is reeling. Don’t let up.
James’s message was received by his fellow players. The Lakers proceeded to take 10 straight points, turning active defense that left the Miami Heat bottled up into layups and three pointers with James leading the break. That second quarter push turned what had been a tense NBA Finals into a blowout coronation.
The Heat simply ran out of energy after a hard playing performance in Game 5. Miami shot just 13 for 38 (34.2 percent) in the first half as Los Angeles’s defense flew around the court and prevented clean looks from beyond the arc. The Lakers held an insurmountable 64-36 lead entering the break, and their small fan section, composed of wives, girlfriends and children, spent most of the second half cheering expectantly.
The Heat put Goran Dragic for the first time since he left Game 1 with a plantar tear. The point guard had tested his foot earlier in the series but hadn’t been cleared medically until Sunday. While his return seemed bound to provide a morale boost, he scored just two points in six minutes off the bench in the first half.
Instead, the contest’s second unit difference maker was Rajon Rondo, who scored 13 points in the first half. The Heat seemed willing to turn the pass first Rondo into a scorer, and he responded with sharp drives to the hoop and a confident three pointer when left open.
The Lakers closeout win, and sealed a 16-5 run through the playoffs, was aided by a starting lineup change. Coach Frank Vogel electing to start guard Alex Caruso in place of center Dwight Howard, who scored just two points in 15 minutes in Game 5. Caruso started just two games all season, but his insertion provided cleaner matchups with the Heat’s starting lineup, which features four perimeter players and center Bam Adebayo. Although the Lakers used this lineup for just 12 total minutes in the playoffs entering Sunday, the versatile and hard nosed group overwhelmed the Heat with its collective speed and discipline.
the Lakers clicked on all cylinders, their confidence grew. The Heat, limited by injuries and exhausted after playing from behind all series, had nowhere left to turn.
The second half action was academic. Davis pounded away inside, finishing with 18 points and 15 rebounds to secure his first ring. The Lakers never let the Heat within double digits in the second half, and the confetti machines, which were left unused Friday after the Heat eked out a narrow win, sprayed purple and yellow all over the court.