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One year ago today: Lakers win NBA championship vs. Heat in Orlando bubble

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The Los Angeles Lakers became NBA champions for the 17th time in franchise history one year ago on this date.

In a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA resumed play in what became known as the Orlando bubble. The Lakers made it out of the Western Conference and faced the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

After Jimmy Butler’s heroic 35-point triple-double in Game 5 helped Miami force a Game 6, the Lakers stormed back to ensure there was no Game 7.

In the title clincher, LeBron James produced a triple-double, going for 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists while his star partner, Anthony Davis, went for 19 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Rajon Rondo, who is back with the team, delivered 19 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.