Los Angeles Lakers have walked out as winners of the 2020 NBA Finals, clinching their 17th Championship title by defeating Miami Heat 106-93 in the sixth game. To celebrate the auspicious moment, Lakers fans have crowded outside Staples Center, amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Kobe! Kobe!” Lakers fans chant on the streets after NBA Finals win
2020 has been tough for the Lakers fans, losing their hall of fame Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident earlier this year, who also brought them their last Larry O’Brien trophy one decade ago.
Now with the team finally tasting triumph after 10 long years, the energetic Lakers supporters gathered outside Staples Centre with “for Kobe” to tribute the victory to their lost legend, donning the club jersey along with flags and banners, at a time when social distancing and gatherings have been prohibited.
Massive gatherings were also observed outside LA Live and other prominent locations in the downtown.
The Los Angeles Police Department, who were expecting that the fans would celebrate at home on Sunday evening, had to enter the scene to control the massive crowd. Check out a clip from the LA streets below, courtesy of LA Times Sports.
— L.A. Times Sports (@latimessports) October 12, 2020
According to several eyewitnesses, several police officers arrived at the scene on horseback and in riot gears and had to resort to firing non-lethal beanbag rounds to dismiss the large crowd.
The whole city of LA has been celebrating the victory, as the iconic Santa Monica Ferris Wheel and the LA City Hall were lit up purple and gold. Fireworks were also observed in various landmarks around the city.
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 12, 2020
Lakers overpowered Miami Heat in the sixth game of the 2020 NBA Finals Sunday evening at the Advent Arena, sealing the series to a 4-2 triumph.