On October 11, the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a 4-2 victory in the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, with LeBron James making Finals MVP history.
Given the circumstances from COVID-19, the 2019-20 NBA (National Basketball Association) season looks incredibly different. After the season was put on hiatus on March 11, the league’s owners and players association devised a plan that allowed for 22 out of 30 teams to return to the court on July 30. All games were to be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat clutched a 4-2 win against the Boston Celtics, and in the Western Conference Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers stole a 4-1 victory against the Denver Nuggets. Thus, both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers made it to the Finals.
Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals resulted in a win for the Lakers with a significant point differential (116-98), giving them a series lead 1-0. Game 2 was also a victory for the Lakers, putting them up 2-0, but they barely scraped by with a 10 point lead (124-114). The Miami Heat managed to defeat the Lakers in Game 3 by 11 points (104-115), putting the series score to 2-1.
Game 4 was an incredibly narrow victory for the Lakers (102-96), granting them a series 3-1 lead. At this point, the Lakers only need to win one more game to be declared the 2020 NBA Finals Champions, but the Heat prove their tenacity in Game 5 with a clutch victory (108-111). Despite the Heat’s best efforts, the Lakers defeated them in Game 6 (106-93), and thus, giving them a series 4-2 lead and a win for 2020 NBA Finals.
Lebron James, especially, delivered an incredible performance that amounted into new NBA records. In Game 6, James was a key player in securing the Lakers’ championship title, amassing 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. James is now a 4 time NBA Champion, 4 time NBA Finals MVP, and is the first player in NBA history to win the NBA Finals MVP with 3 different franchises (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers & Los Angeles Lakers).