Written By Alan Brads
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 78th NBA finals on Sunday night to complete the season. The best of 7 series only went to six games as the Lakers dominantly won 4 of the 6 matchups
Thirty-five-year-old LeBron James led the way for Los Angeles winning his fourth championship and fourth finals MVP. James dedicated the team’s success to former Laker’s legend Kobe Bryant, who died earlier this year in a helicopter crash. Coach Frank Vogel and all-star center Anthony Davis agreed with Lebron’s sentiment, Davis saying “We didn’t let him down. Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted to do was do it for him.”
The first two games were smooth sailing for Los Angeles. Davis led the way for the Lakers in game one accumulating 34 points and was supported by Lebron who was just one assist short of a triple double. Those two are widely regarded as the best duo in the NBA and they proved why in game 2. The two stars combined for 65 points, boosted by 10 assists from Rajon Rondo. Trailing 2-0 in the series, Miami was down, but not out.
In game three the Heat were propelled to a 115-104 victory by 5 time all-star Jimmy Butler. Butler rested for only 3 minutes out of the entire game and recorded an incredible 40-point triple double. Butler has been the heart and soul for Miami in the playoffs averaging 41.5 minutes and nearly 26 points in games won by the Heat. Despite ultimately losing the series, Butler established himself as one of the most dominant and relentless guards in the game.
Game 4 came down to the final minutes but ultimately LeBron James’ Lakers pulled out a 6-point win putting the Heat back on the rocks. Needing to win three straight games, Jimmy Butler showed up ready for game 5. Butler seemingly willed his team to victory racking up yet another triple double and sinking all 12 of his free throws. Most notably, Butler sat only 48 second out of the entire game, a number unprecedented even among the most athletic players in the league. Butler was overshadowed, however, as all the lead storylines were about Laker’s guard Danny Green missing a wide-open game twinning shot as time expired.
Holding a 3-2 lead on the series, Lebron and the Lakers had had enough. With an absolutely stifling defense and offense that could not miss, Los Angeles took a 64-36 lead into halftime. The Lakers were able to fend off a Miami rally in the fourth quarter and lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy for the 17th time.