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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Miami Heat Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Analysis: LeBron James has done it again, and did it his way

Oct. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — He went to Miami and became a champion. He went back to Cleveland and won another title. He went to Los Angeles and now the Lakers are back atop the basketball world. LeBron James, love him or hate him, is in his own category now. He has led three franchises to NBA titles,...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pulls rebound away from Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler during the second half in Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Finals notebook: Lakers tie Celtics for most NBA titles

Oct. 11, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Move over, Boston Celtics. You've got company on the most-titles-won list now, after sitting alone in that spot for more than a half-century. The Los Angeles Lakers’ latest championship — clinched Sunday night with a win over the Miami Heat, ending the 2020 NBA...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) looks on with Miami Heat's head coach Erik Spoelstra in the back ground during the first half in Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Finals notebook: Around the world, fans are watching

Oct. 10, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami coach Erik Spoelstra makes no effort to hide his excitement or appreciation when journalists from the Philippines join virtual news conferences to ask him questions during the NBA Finals. In his mother’s homeland, they are most definitely watching the playoffs....

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7), guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and forward Anthony Davis (3) walk in front of the boards remembering late Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The jerseys will be hanging in their lockers when the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, Oct. 2. Black jerseys, trimmed in gold, a snakeskin print on the exterior to make it further unique.T hey are the Black Mamba jerseys. Designed by Kobe Bryant — and now worn for Kobe Bryant. “We never want to lose in these jerseys,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said.(Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Finals notebook: Mamba jerseys back, Heat facing must-win

Oct. 8, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Mamba jerseys are coming back for a closeout opportunity. The Los Angeles Lakers will wear the black jerseys with a snakeskin look — all designed by Kobe Bryant and now worn by the team in his honor — for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday night. The original...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers looks on during the second quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Philadelphia 76ers introduced Rivers as their head coach on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Rivers takes over as the 25th head coach in 76ers history after a seven-season run as head coach of the Clippers. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Rivers runs through it? 76ers count on championship with Doc

Oct. 5, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got backhanded compliments from NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday night for supposedly not knowing the 76ers had hired Doc Rivers as their coach. Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who knows how to win a championship in Philly,...

Miami Heat's Tyler Herro, left, and Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green, right, compete for control of a loose ball during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Comforts of NBA bubble not lost on Lakers' Danny Green

Oct. 4, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Game 3 of the NBA Finals would have been in Miami. There would have been 20,000 screaming fans in the arena, along with no shortage of other potential distractions in a city that ordinarily offers plenty of sun and fun. These finals, of course, are at Walt Disney World....

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot between Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler, center left, Tyler Herro (14), and Kelly Olynyk (9) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers picked a good time for a winning streak over Heat

Oct. 3, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first 10 matchups between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat all were basically the same. The Lakers won them all, eight of the 10 by double figures. The Lakers haven’t had such a sustained run of success against the Heat again until now. When the NBA Finals...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James sits on the floor as he waits for the trophy ceremony to start after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers-Heat NBA Finals Preview Capsule

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

Preview capsule for the Lakers-Heat NBA Finals that start Wednesday: No. 1 LOS ANGELES LAKERS (52-19, 12-3) vs. No. 5 MIAMI HEAT (44-29, 12-3) Season series: Lakers, 2-0. Both meetings were more than nine months ago, with the Lakers winning 95-80 at home on Nov. 8 and 113-110 in Miami on Dec. 13. Schedule: Game...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) talks with players as confetti falls after the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

James, Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

Sep. 27, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wore out the path to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, making annual trips out of Miami and Cleveland. Now he's the best in the West. And for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers. James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with Los Angeles Lakers' Rajon Rondo (9) and Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the final moments of their 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Another NBA Finals await James if Lakers can finish Nuggets

Sep. 25, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

LeBron James can reach a 10th NBA Finals, done by only three greats of the game. Anthony Davis is on the verge of his first. The final step for the Los Angeles Lakers shapes up as the toughest. They have to knock out the Denver Nuggets, who have been on the brink of dismissal from the bubble six times and every...