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Recap: Lakers are NBA champions after defeating the Miami Heat

The Lakers captured their 17th championship in franchise history with a 106-93 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

Lakers LeBron James beats the Heat defense top score a basket
Lakers forward LeBron James drives down the lane for a layup against the Heat during Game 6.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat, 106-93, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Orlando, Fla., to win the NBA championship in a season impacted by the death of team legend Kobe Bryant and a four-month interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lakers have won 17 championships, tying them with the Boston Celtics for most professional basketball titles by an NBA team. It also marks the first title since LeBron James, now a four-time NBA champion, signed with the team in July 2018.