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LA Wildcats claim NBA Championship

Three former Wildcats from Los Angeles laid claim to the 2020 NBA title.

2020 NBA Finals - Game Six Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It’s over. The Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA Championship, downing the Miami Heat 106-93 to win the NBA Finals in six games.

On the back of a superstar tandem, the Lakers were able to get through the entire postseason without participating in Game 7. They ran through the Blazers, Rockets, Nuggets ,and finally the Heat.

The main storylines will surround what this championship means to the legacy of the Lakers’ two stars.

This is the first title for power forward Anthony Davis, who scored 19 points 7-for-17 shooting and snagged a game-high 15 boards in Game 6.

Davis had been getting flack ever since he entered the league for his lack of postseason success. Finding his running mate, Davis was able to help get the job done, silencing the haters.

It’s the fourth title for LeBron James, who won NBA Finals MVP. Having lost six NBA Finals throughout this career, James is looking to help cement his legacy as one of the best to ever play the game.

Davis and point guard Rajon Rondo, who played a crucial role in Game 6, are the two former Wildcats that won a title as players with the Lakers, Rondo’s second of his career.

This was also the first NBA title for former Kentucky player Frank Vogel, who just finished his first season as head coach of the Lakers. He had previous head-coaching stints as head coach of the Pacers and Magic.

As for the Heat, they also have two young former Cats that were able to get much-needed experience. With Jimmy Butler leading their charge, the East’s fifth seed made it much farther than anyone expected.

For Tyler Herro, after notching over 10 points in each of the team’s first 20 postseason games, setting a rookie record, he scored just seven in Game 6. Adebayo did much better, leading the Heat with 25 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists and two blocks.

Both the rookie and third-year star have showcased their elite development. They could easily be the face of the Eastern Conference for the next decade to come.

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