It was over at halftime on a night that became a grand coronation for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
L.A. took a 28-point halftime lead, the second largest in Finals history, and never looked back as the Lakers won their 17th NBA championship in six games, defeating the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night from the Orlando bubble. It was the Lakers’ first title since the 2009-2010 campaign.
James won Finals MVP after his first triple-double of the Finals, scoring 28 points to go with 14 rebounds and 10 assists, his 11th career Finals triple-double. The King became the first player to ever win Finals MVP for three different teams, after achieving the feat with both Miami and Cleveland
It’s LeBron’s first NBA championship since returning to the Cavaliers and beating the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 Finals. He won two championships after taking his talents to Miami, winning alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Heat in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
James spent his first seven seasons with his hometown Cavs, reaching the 2006-2007 Finals and being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. With Miami, LeBron and the Heat lost the 2010-2011 Finals to the Dallas Mavericks and the 2013-2014 Finals to the Spurs. After returning to Cleveland, LeBron made it eight personal Finals appearances in a row but lost three of the four times against the Warriors.
LeBron then left Cleveland for the Lakers after the 2017-2018 season, missing the playoffs last season but winning it all with Davis and company in this unprecedented pandemic season.
LeBron had 11 points, nine boards and six dimes in the first half, with Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scoring 15 and Rajon Rondo putting up 13 in a 64-36 first half rout. Los Angeles won the second quarter 36-16 and never looked back. Davis finished with 19, Rondo had 19 and the second half was nothing but a foregone conclusion.
James has now reached 10 Finals, won four MVP awards, was named All-NBA and an All-Star 16 times and is third all-time in scoring, 5th in free throws and 8th in assists. He’s now played 260 playoff games, an all-time record. He is truly an all-time great, with this 4th championship further cementing his incredible legacy, adding to the greatest of all time debate, and renewing comparisons to Michael Jordan once more.