Memorable sports moment of the week – The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2000 NBA Finals

In a given series, the 2000 Lakers could have trumped any team in NBA history.

The Los Angeles Lakers
defeated the underdog Indiana Pacers 116-111 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to capture the title 13 years ago this Wednesday on June 19, 2000.

Concluding the regular season with a mark of 67-15, Lakers superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant dominated throughout the 1999-2000 campaign.

Backed by solid ballplayers Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Brian Shaw and Ron Harper, a 28-year-old O’Neal and 21-year-old Bryant led the Lakers to their first crown since 1988.

With legendary head coach Phil Jackson directing the unit, Los Angeles managed to win 19 consecutive contests and finished two games shy of breaking the organization’s record of 69 victories in 1972.

After disposing of the overmatched Pacers, O’Neal was named MVP for averaging 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks against Indiana.

The triumph over the Pacers would jumpstart the Lakers’ three-peat to commence the new millennium.

A truly great squad, the Los Angeles Lakers regained control of the association more than a decade past this week.

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