Orlando hosted the fifth match of the final series of the Western Conference between the Lakers and Denver.
LeBron James’ 38 points allowed the Lakers to win the match and advance to the NBA Finals. In the final series, the Lakers will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final Miami – Boston, the series score is 3-2.
“The job is not done. But it’s great to appreciate the moments throughout the course of a journey. I am extremely proud to be a part of this franchise getting back to where it belongs, playing and competing for championships. This is what I came here for. In a closeout game, I am just as desperate as the team that we are trying to closeout. I don’t want to play another game. I am not undefeated in closeout games, but if we have the chance to win I don’t want to play another game.
Every time you put on purple and gold, you think about his legacy, you think about him and what he meant to this franchise for 20-plus years and what he stood for both on the floor and off the floor. What he demanded out of his team-mates, what he demanded out of himself. We have some similarities in that sense. Our games are different. But as far as our mindset and our drive to want to be the best, and our drive to not lose … just that drive to always want to be victorious. It stops you from sleeping.” LeBron said.
The Lakers last played in the final series in the 2009/10 season. Team Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol beat Boston 4-3. For Lakers leader LeBron James, this final will be the tenth in his career and the ninth in the last 10 years. He played five times in the final series with Cleveland and four times for Miami. James has won three championship titles (2012, 2013, 2016) and was named MVP of the final series three times (2012, 2013, 2016).