Lakers fans celebrate in downtown Los Angeles despite COVID-19 warnings after NBA Finals win

The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a dominant win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to close out their series with the Miami Heat and win their 17th championship.

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And even though they were asked not to because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakers fans celebrated accordingly in Los Angeles.

Lakers fans take to streets around Staples Center

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has repeatedly asked fans not to gather downtown or near the Staples Center — which was severely restricted — due to the pandemic.

Still, Lakers fans took to the streets to celebrate their first title in a decade. Many, of course, honored Kobe Bryant — who, along with his daughter Gianna and five others, died in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles in January.

At least one Lakers fan, however, took an extra — unusual — precaution to celebrate in public.

The Lakers will undoubtedly hold a traditional title celebration soon. When or how they do so amid the pandemic, though, remains to be seen.

Until then, Lakers president Jeanie Buss will be waiting.

“Laker Nation, when it’s safe, I look forward to celebrating with you,” Buss said on the court after the win. “Until then, I will bring back the trophy to Los Angeles where it belongs.”

 Lakers fans celebrate in front of the Staples Center after winning the 2020 NBA Finals
Lakers fans celebrate in front of the Staples Center in on October 11, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. People gathered to celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in game 6 of the NBA finals. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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