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.
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.by