DID you see it? Woe to you if you didn’t. It was one show befitting a classic in annihilation.
Brutally, it was basketball transformed into ruthless boxing starring Mike Tyson, the meanest of all. Known for his appetite for quick endings, Tyson, who reigned supreme in the ‘90s, knocked out 22 of his 44 KO victims in the first round.
That’s what the Los Angeles Lakers did yesterday to the Miami Heat, bamboozling its opponent right from the start with tsunami-like force that the game was practically over even before it hit halftime.
The Lakers’ series-clinching 106-93 victory did not truly reflect the viciousness of its 4-2 triumph in winning its 17th, record-tying NBA title with the Boston Celtics.
The minute Anthony Davis put the Lakers ahead at 2-0, LeBron James took the cue, firing two straight baskets after Bam Adebayo answered Davis’ shot for the Los Angeles’ 6-2 lead.
Using its vaunted choking defense, the Lakers starved the Heat to just 18 points from there, dropping bomb after bomb for a 28-20 first quarter lead.
James showed his tusks immediately, compiling nine points and five rebounds to Davis’ eight markers in the game’s first 12 minutes.
In their vision of gore, the Deadly Duo were not lacking in support from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo (four points apiece). Include Danny Green, who missed the winning three in Game 5, atoning somewhat by tossing a three to his team’s early rampage.
Ruthless beyond compare, the Lakers poured in 36 points more in the second quarter, building a 28-point halftime margin 64-36 while limiting the Heat to 16 mere points in the second frame.
The Lakers’ show of might took its apex with its 36-point advantage 82-46 at the 3:17 mark of the third quarter.
Waving an irreversible 87-58 lead going to the fourth canto, the Lakers put the game in cruise control.
James, who helped shackle the Heat hybrid Jimmy Butler to just 12 points, capped his fourth NBA crown with three teams (Miami and Cleveland previously), recording another triple double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to easily stash away his fourth Finals MVP in as many appearances.
If Tyson is his idol in obliteration, o-la-la.