The Los Angeles Lakers have been crowned the NBA 2020 champions after beating the Miami Heat on Sunday in Game 6, to complete the job and win the Championships, taking the series 4-2.
Heat would have wondered why they didn’t replicate their 4th quarter performance all game, allowing the Lakers to dominate the first three quarters and ultimately holding on to a big lead to win the match 106-93.
— NBA (@NBA) October 12, 2020
Although it took him some time to get going in the game, Bam Adebayo led Miami at all fronts, making a double-double in his team’s loss to the much dominant Lakers side.
Adebayo topscored for Heat with 25pts, and also made 10rebs in the game and 5ast, but it was not enough to forestall Lakers from claiming an unprecedented 17th Championships and 24th Division titles. Only Lebron James (28pts) made more points than Adebayo from the two teams.
BAAAAAAM 💥 pic.twitter.com/UkNJwRiXLY
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 11, 2020
The 2nd quarter made all the difference for Lakers, outscoring Heat 36-16, going into the break with a 28pt lead. While it initially looked insurmountable, as Lakers stretched their lead to 34pts in the 3rd quarter, Heat played an impressive 4th quarter (35-19) but it was already too late.
For Adebayo who is only 23, he certainly would have made a lot of difference for Heat in those two games he missed in the series due to a neck injury, also considering that his influential teammate Goran Dragic was out as well, only playing through pain in Game 6.
Adebayo would have garnered more experiences from the immaculate season he has had, which saw him make the NBA All-stars second team. While he has not fully committed his international future to the United States team, although being named in the provisional 44-man list, Nigeria will be hoping they lure him to switch allegiances to D’Tigers.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 12, 2020