LA Lakers ― a team spearheaded by the second-best player, and the second-best defensive player over the regular season, coached by the fifth-best man manager in the league; and pieced together by the seventh-best GM ― were crowned the best team in the NBA on Monday.
NBA Finals: LeBron James, Anthony Davis guide Los Angeles Lakers to 17th title after outplaying Miami Heat
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 a fourth time.
47:11 minutes. 35 points. 12 rebounds. 11 assists. Five steals. Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler did everything in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to prevent the Lakers from winning their 17th Championship.
Lakers superstar LeBron James says, the key to closing out the Heat for a first NBA title in a decade on Sunday will be focusing not on lifting the trophy but on winning a single game.
The result extended the Lakers' record of remaining unbeaten this season whenever they have led going into the fourth quarter. The team is 56-0 when taking a lead into the fourth.
Anthony Davis' 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left was the backbreaker, LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals
NBA Finals: Defiant Jimmy Butler says Miami Heat capable of rallying against LA Lakers despite 0-2 deficit
"We're never giving up. We're going to fight and we're going to ride with this thing till the wheels fall off. It's not over," said Butler.
NBA: LeBron James, Anthony Davis power Los Angeles Lakers to second straight win over Miami Heat in Finals
Davis added 14 rebounds as the Lakers took a two games to none lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals in the league's quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Anthony Davis scored 34 points in his finals debut, James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled past the Miami Heat 116-98.
Get ready for the NBA Finals — a title series like none other, to end a season like none other. The matchup is set, with Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the last two teams standing in the chase to be crowned champions of the most tumultuous season in NBA history.
After all the drama, all the angst, all the challenges, the NBA Finals await for the Lakers.
LeBron James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets to win the Western Conference finals in five games.
Anthony Davis scored 34 points, LeBron James had 26 and the Lakers beat the Nuggets 114-108 on Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
NBA: 'Pissed off' LeBron James sees Los Angeles Lakers roll past Denver Nuggets 126-114 in West finals opener
Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James added 15 points and 12 assists hours after finishing a distant second in the MVP voting, and the Lakers rolled to a 126-114 victory on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Anthony Davis was the biggest player on the floor, and the Houston Rockets had no answers.
LeBron James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, Anthony Davis added 34 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers evened the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Houston Rockets 117-109.
Antetokounmpo received 75 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing with 432 points. Anthony Davis was second and Rudy Gobert third.
NBA: LeBron James stars in LA Lakers' win over Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat close out Indiana Pacers
In the Eastern Conference first round, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and Khris Middleton added 18 of his 21 in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks dominated late to down the Orlando Magic 121-106.
NBA: Anthony Davis could miss LA Lakers' first game on restart, Zion Williamson practices with New Orleans
Anthony Davis, who left the Los Angeles Lakers’ second scrimmage after getting poked in the eye and didn’t play in the team’s exhibition finale at Walt Disney World, didn’t practice on Tuesday.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James both declined to choose a social justice message to replace their names on the back of their jerseys during the NBA restart.