On Oct. 11, 2020, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to clinch the 2020 championship.
With the NBA Finals taking place in October in the bubble, the Lakers snapped their six-year playoff drought - the most in franchise history - in spectacular fashion.
By winning the 2020 NBA Finals 4-2, the Lakers clinched their 17th title which is tied with the Boston Celtics for the most ever in NBA history. It was the team's first title since 2010, when Kobe Bryant won his fifth championship by leading the Lakers past the Celtics in a winner-take-all Game 7.
LeBron James, who was lifting his fourth Larry O'Brien trophy, recorded a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists on 13-of-20 shooting from the field.
This is the third time that James has recorded a triple-double in a championship-clinching game, having previously done so in 2012 (vs. Oklahoma City Thunder) and 2016 (vs. Golden State Warriors).
Anthony Davis provided great support to James by putting a stat line of 19 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Despite the relatively close margin of victory, the Lakers won this game comfortably. They led this game by as many as 36, doing most of their damage in the second quarter when they outscored the Heat 36-16.
In that game-changing second quarter, it was neither James or AD that carried the Lakers. Instead, it was the guard duo of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo. They combined for 20 (Caldwell-Pope: 11; Rondo: 9) of the team's points in the second period.
At the final horn, the duo finished had combined for 36 points (Caldwell-Pope: 17; Rondo: 19) and were two of the five Lakers to finish in double figures.
On the other hand, for the Heat, Jimmy Butler - who had produced two herculean performances to force Heat victories in Games 3 and 5 - could only manage 12 points in 45 minutes of action. It was Bam Adebayo who finished as the Heat's top performer with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
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