The Los Angeles Lakers improved in the sixth final and defeated the Miami Heat 106-93, reaching the conquest of this year’s championship (4-2).
The “lake people” celebrated the 17th championship in their history and the first after that of 2010, when they had succeeded with Coby Bryant. This title was dedicated to his memory by everyone in the LA team, which equaled the Celtics championship record. LeBron James, for his part, was named the most valuable player in the finals for the fourth time in his career.
The “King” scored a triple double in the sixth match, as he had 28 points, 14 rebounds and ten assists. Double double for Anthony Davis, who had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Razon Rondo stopped at 19 points, while Centavius Caldwell Pope scored 17 points.
The Heat, on the other hand, failed to bring the series to a close, in a match in which Goran Dragic returned from injury. Top for the Heat was Bam Adebayo, who scored a double double with 25 points and ten rebounds. In “shallow water” Crowder and Butler, who had twelve points. At ten points, Robinson, who was the fourth and last player of the Heat with a double-digit number of points in the match.
The Lakers set the tone early on through their excellent defense. Butler with the right help was neutralized and the lead, which was never lost, began to grow from the end of the first period (28-20). Even the recruitment of Dragic, who lost the previous four matches, could not provide solutions to the trapped Heat. LeBron and Davis were consistently happy, but with Rondo and Caldwell-Pope doing a terrific job and in the attack the difference quickly reached double digits (33-23) and just before halftime to the impressive +30, 64-34.
Despite Adebayo’s efforts, the river could not turn back. The Lakers’ party continued with LeBron bringing the difference to +33, four minutes before the end of the third period. Frank Vogel’s team reached +36 (82-46) with the Heat looking surrendered to their fate. Miami woke up in the last period approaching eight and a half minutes before the end at 21 (90-69), but time was not their ally. The Lakers were not threatened for a moment and just waited until the end to celebrate the title.
THE TWELVE MINUTES: 20-28, 36-64, 58-87, 93-106
ΧΙΤ (Spolstra): Adebayo 25 (10 rebounds, 5 assists), Butler 12 (1 three-pointer, 7 rebounds, 8 assists), Crowder 12 (1), Robinson 10 (3), Hiro 7 (1), Olinik 9 (1 three-pointer) , 7 rebounds), Hill 5 (1), Jones, Dragic 5 (2/8 shots), Iguoadala, Nan 8 (2)
LAKERS (Vogel): Davis 19 (15 rebounds), James 28 (1 3-pointer, 14 rebounds, 10 assists), Green 11 (3 3-pointers, 5 rebounds), Caldwell-Pope (17 (2), Caruso 4 (5 assists), Morris 3 (1), Kuzma 2, Dundley, Howard 3 (1), Rondo 19 (3), Cook