LeBron James piloted Los Angeles Lakers to the seventeenth NBA title in club history on the night from Sunday to Monday (Dutch time). The star herself became champion in the largest basketball competition in the world for the fourth time. The title was dedicated to Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash at the beginning of this year.
With 28 points, fourteen rebounds and ten assists, 35-year-old James played a big part in the 106-93 victory over Miami Heat. It was the fourth and decisive victory in the best-of-seven series at the Disney World complex in Florida.
The Lakers’ seventeenth title – their first since 2010 – is a match of the Boston Celtics record, which last became champion in 2008. With their seventeen championships, they are by far the most successful clubs in the NBA.
James was in the final for the tenth time and took his fourth title. Previously, he was successful in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat and in 2016 he was best with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James for fourth time MVP of the final
The star player, who was the star in almost every final game with the Lakers, was named MVP of the NBA Finals for the fourth time in his career. He is the first player to take the prestigious award on behalf of three different clubs.
Incidentally, James is far from a record with his fourth championship, as that is with eleven titles in the name of Bill Russell, who ruled with the Celtics in the late 1950s and 1960s. In total there are 26 players who have more titles than James, including Michael Jordan (6).