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The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 103-88 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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For the first time since the 2009-10 season, the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Co. defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 on Sunday night to clinch the Finals in six games. The title was the 17th in franchise history, tying the Lakers with the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The @Lakers win their 17th NBA title, tying the Celtics for the most all-time.

It’s first time the Lakers and Celtics have the same amount of titles since 1962

The Lakers have won the same number of titles since 1980 (11) as the rest of the Western Conference combined https://t.co/YPzAOZr5KS

Let the celebrations begin:

Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli

LeBron James and Jeanie Buss sharing a moment. https://t.co/v1Ioqzuf39

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

LeBron James gets his 4th title

Coach Frank Vogel from Wildwood, NJ gets his first title
https://t.co/9rtvoXVrWD

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

“Lakers Nation wants their respect, and I want my d—- respect too.” — Lakers’ LeBron James https://t.co/AVJ0uzxRoT

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Lakers’ LeBron James receives his fourth career Finals MVP trophy https://t.co/DfRRWWCZ6C

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Lakers’ LeBron James: “I need some goggles!” https://t.co/H4YNt1ldqE

Sporting News @sportingnews

Look ma, no hands! 🏆😂🏆

https://t.co/0heu6ybARx

This title means different things for different members of the organization.

For James, it’s another feather in the cap of his legendary career. For Rob Pelinka, it’s the first title he orchestrated atop the front office. For Davis and Dwight Howard, it’s their first championship. And for Los Angeles, it’s the best possible tribute to the late Kobe Bryant after his tragic death in January.

UNINTERRUPTED @uninterrupted

For Kobe 💜💛🏆 #MoreThanAnAthlete https://t.co/ZkaXwqsJBa

The Ringer @ringer

“we did this for him.” https://t.co/0a8e9mOowo

Steve Saldivar @stevesaldivar

Lakers fans are chanting for Kobe https://t.co/1jyNymU3ku

It marked the culmination of one of the strangest seasons in NBA history, with the Lakers celebrating on a court at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, without fans in attendance. It was little surprise to see Davis overcome with emotion, including laughter and jubilation mixed with tears. This was a triumph for the Lakers, but it was a heavy one.

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Remember: LeBron James had to buy in to a new head coach he had never played for starting last offseason and get the rest to buy in. Lakers dealt with China controversy, Kobe Bryant tragedy, pandemic, the bubble… and through it all Lakers persevered when other teams wilted.

Granted, JR Smith provided some levity too.

Dan Woike @DanWoikeSports

JR Smith has had his shirt off and back on tonight. Over under is set at 32 more times.

The talk will inevitably turn to wider topics than the Lakers’ triumph soon enough. Is LeBron the GOAT? Can L.A. repeat? How many more titles does James have left in him? What does next season look like with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic? How will history remember the Lakers’ unique title in the bubble?

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

More than a year since training camps began, six months since the season was halted, the NBA has a worthy champion. A triumph for LeBron James and the Lakers, to be sure, but also for the league and players to have made bubble basketball work..

Royce Young @royceyoung

Congrats to the Lakers, congrats to LeBron, congrats to AD, congrats to Frank Vogel —
but more than that, congrats to the NBA for somehow pulling off the bubble to finish the season and crown a very deserving champion. Remarkable achievement.

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Congrats to the Heat for what has been a truly fun run down here in the bubble.

And, more importantly, congrats to the Lakers on a dominant effort all the way through. The team with the strongest will won out — a fitting end way for this bubble to end.

Jay Bilas @JayBilas

LeBron v. MJ for GOAT is a legit, fair argument. @KingJames https://t.co/HwpTv2C2cv

There will be time for those debates and conversations. But for now, the Lakers are partying in Florida, and their fans are partying in Los Angeles. Who knows what a parade will look like. It doesn’t matter.

The Lakers are champions. For the team and its fans, the rest will sort itself out.

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