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: Lakers' LeBron James savours fourth title, calls it 'one of the greatest accomplishments'
James said the isolation of the bubble made this title run a unique challenge. His four Finals MVPs are second only to the six of Michael Jordan.
Rajon Rondo helped the Boston Celtics win their 17th NBA championship. He’s on the brink of being part of title No 17 for the Lakers as well.
NBA: Miami Heat topple Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals to earn finals spot against LA Lakers
The Heat are the only NBA franchise with six Finals appearances in the last 15 years. They’re seeking their fourth title, and this chance didn’t come easily.
After all the drama, all the angst, all the challenges, the NBA Finals await for the Lakers.
Tatum had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Jaylen Brown added 28 points and the Celtics shook off a slow first half to top the Miami Heat 121-108 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals and stave off elimination.
Tyler Herro scored a Miami Heat rookie-record 37 points and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics 112-109 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and the Celtics got right back into the East finals with a 117-106 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 on Saturday night. Kemba Walker added 21 to help Boston pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Bam Adebayo led a big third-quarter rally to finish with 21, and the Heat pulled off another comeback to beat the Celtics 106-101 and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
NBA: Nuggets stun Clippers to reach Western Conference final; Heat beat Celtics in Game 1 of East final
The underdog Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit twice in the same postseason.
Boston will play the Miami Heat with game one of the best-of-seven series scheduled for Tuesday in the quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
NBA Playoffs: Raptors force Game 7 against Celtics with double-overtime win; Clippers take 3-1 lead over Nuggets
Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will play Game 7 on Friday night for a spot in the Eastern Conference finals against Miami.
Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, who has been outspoken on social issues in recent months, said the goal is to have an immediate and direct impact.
Paul George scored 32 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 along with a big late block and the dynamic duo helped the Clippers rally in the fourth quarter for a win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
NBA: Raptors beat Celtics 104-103 in close contest; Clippers thrash Nuggets in Western Conference semi-final
Kyle Lowry, tasked with inbounding the ball with half a second on the clock and the Raptors down 103-101, lofted a perfect arcing pass over Boston's towering Tacko Fall to Anunoby on the opposite sideline.
NBA: Nuggets reach Western Conference semi-finals after registering thrilling win over Jazz; Celtics beat Raptors
Nikola Jokic had 30 points as the Denver Nuggets reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a thrilling 80-78 game seven victory over the Utah Jazz
NBA: Jamal Murray scores 50 points, Denver Nuggets force Game 7 with Utah Jazz; Los Angeles Clippers eliminate Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz will go at it one more time on Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to face the Los Angeles Clippers.
NBA halts playoffs after Milwaukee Bucks lead unprecedented boycott in protest against shooting of Jacob Blake
The Women's NBA also postponed its scheduled fixtures for Wednesday while at least two Major League Soccer fixtures were also reportedly scrapped.
Point guard Lowry is the Raptors' veteran leader, the guy who means so much more to them than stats would ever show.
After sweeping the Sixers in the first round of the Playoffs, the Celtics will face reigning champions Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.