The longest season in NBA history has finally come to an end, with the Lakers closing out the Heat in six. This game wasn’t close after the first quarter. The Lakers took a eight-point lead into the second quarter then proceeded to blow the doors off the Heat taking that lead to 36 at one point.
The game was never close from there on out. The Lakers looked pissed off and played tenacious defense all night, especially in that second quarter. The Lakers outscored the Heat by 20 in the second quarter, holding them to just 16 points in the second. The 28 point halftime lead accounts for the second-largest in the finals and never looked back.
Capturing the franchise’s first title since 2010 when Kobe and the Lakers beat Boston. Anthony Davis gets his first ring after a ridiculously good performance, averaging 27/10/3 on 54% from the field and 42% from three-point land throughout the series. Pretty damn impressive for a player in his first finals. Playoff Rondo showed up in game 7, finishing with 19 points on 8-11 shooting. Then Lebron showed up as he normally does. Earning himself another triple-double, going for 28/14/10 shooting 65% on field goals. This performance earned Lebron his fourth Finals MVP, joining Michael Jordan as the only other player to have four or more Final MVP’s. He also became the first player to win three Finals MVPs with three different teams.
The man keeps setting records. Throughout the series, he averaged 29/11/8/ to go along with 59% from the field and 42% from three. Safe to say Lebron once again showed up in the Finals. Year 17, age 35, doesn’t matter the dude is still the best player and you have to appreciate his greatness. Congrats to the Lakers on their 17th championship, tying the Celtics with the most in NBA history.