KEY POINTS

  • The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the 2020 NBA title via a dominant Game 6 win over the Miami Heat
  • LeBron James, Anthony Davis and more paid tribute to Kobe Bryant after the emotional title run
  • James seized his fourth championship and fourth Finals MVP award

The battle cry from the Los Angeles Lakers has been "for Kobe" since the tragic accident that took the life of Kobe Bryant in January. On Sunday, the mission was accomplished as the Lakers finished off the Miami Heat in six games to clinch the NBA title, prompting a surge of tributes for the late basketball icon.

"Ever since the tragedy, all we wanted to do was do it for him," Anthony Davis said during the trophy presentation, CBS Sports reported. "We didn't let him down. It would've been great to do it last game in his jerseys, but it made us come out even more aggressive, even more, powerful on both ends of the floor to make sure we closed it out tonight."

"I know he's looking down on us proud of us," he continued. "I know Vanessa's proud of us, the organization's proud of us. It means a lot to us. It's a tough moment, man. He was a big brother to all of us."

Bryant's wife, Vanessa, who also lost her daughter Gianna in the accident, congratulated the team on an Instagram story post and lamented, "Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this."

Bryant’s ex-teammate and close friend, Pau Gasol, took to Twitter and wrote: "This one is for you brother, for you Gianna, for Vanessa, for Natalia, for Bianka, and for Capri."

A video clip gathered by Bleacher Report also showed Laker fans crowding the streets of L.A. while shouting the name of the five-time champion.

The Lakers came out firing from all cylinders to clinch the series coming off a painful Game 5 loss on Friday. At the forefront of it was once again LeBron James, who notched another triple-double with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to earn his fourth Finals MVP award.

James vowed to continue Bryant’s legacy in L.A. during the Lakers great’s memorial. Nearly nine months later, the promise was fulfilled.

"(Bryant’s passing) brought the whole basketball world close as well, but when you're internal and it hits home, it just means that much more and we locked in from that very moment and said, 'This is bigger than us," James said.