The Lakers, carried by a huge LeBron James, qualified Saturday for the 32nd NBA Finals in their history, the first in ten years.
The LA franchise defeated Denver 117-107 in Act V of the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles, which has 16 league titles, will try to equal the Celtics’ record in the final. He will face the representative of the Eastern Conference, either Miami or Boston who deliver their 6th duel on Sunday (3-2 for the Heat).
Superstar LeBron James, author of a huge triple double (38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists), was the strong man of the Californian team in this fifth game. He scored 16 points in the “money time”, including 9 in a row, to definitely push back the Nuggets who had just erased 16 points behind.
In search of a 4th coronation with a third different team after Miami (2012, 2013) and Cleveland (2016), “King James” will play his 10th final in 11 seasons. Gigantic. Under his leadership and that of Anthony Davis, more than a lieutenant at his side, the Lakers have made an impressive journey.
The Lakers have conceded just three losses in three series. Before dismissing Denver, LA had blocked the road, also in five games, of Portland and its star Damian Lillard, long impressive in the bubble, as well as that of Houston despite the threat represented by James Harden, best scorer of the season. .
And here are the Lakers, ten years later, walking in the footsteps of the idol of the purple and gold house, Kobe Bryant. He died on January 26 after a helicopter crash in Calabasas northwest of Los Angeles, also fatal to his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Since then, James and his teammates have vowed to bring the Lakers back to the top of the league to carry on the legacy of their glorious elder, who won five rings in this jersey. A supplement of soul drawing on the famous “Mamba mentality”, made of an unwavering thirst for victory, which animated Bryant.
Having finished first in the regular season in the West, they assumed their status as favorite throughout the play-offs, also supported by the immense contribution of Anthony Davis, recruited in the offseason, and who showed that ‘he was a real offensive leader. Witness his 27 points in this last game against Denver.