On a historic night in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James etched their names into the basketball history books by winning the inaugural NBA Cup title with a thrilling 123-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Lakers have shown that they are a more mature team that can play well under the pressure of the finals. Anthony Davis was the undisputed star of the show, turning in an unstoppable performance with 41 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Austin Reeves provided key support with 28 points, while LeBron James himself contributed 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. DiAngelo Russell rounded off the Lakers' good performance with 13 points, seven assists and four steals.
While the Pacers fought valiantly, Tyrese Haliburton's 20 points and 11 assists and Benedict Mathurin's 20 points could not overcome the Lakers' explosive offense. Eron Neimsit and Obi Toppin added 15 and 13 points, respectively, but it was not enough to stop the Lakers' attack.
We have to admit to the Pacers that they did their best, but it was simply not enough and the Lakers played a great match.
James MVP of the first NBA Cup in history
The crowning glory of the evening was LeBron James' well-deserved MVP award.
James was a dominant force throughout the tournament, leading the Lakers to victory with his leadership and consistent play. He averaged an outstanding 26.4 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game, solidifying his role as the driving force behind the Lakers' success.
This victory marks a significant turning point for both the Lakers and James, perhaps on the wings of this trophy they add more speed in the continuation of the championship. For the Lakers, another prestigious trophy to their already impressive collection.
For James, it further cements his legacy as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, to be the MVP of the Cup after 20 years of playing at the highest level is truly admirable. The inaugural NBA Cup has ended, it was very interesting, for sure that next year the teams will have an even greater desire to win the cup. The Lakers and LeBron James stand as the first champions, and that will remain written in the history books.