There’s been a lot going on throughout the world during 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a lot of places shut down for a certain amount of time. But when sports returned, the LA Lakers and Dodgers were on a mission to win a title.
That’s exactly what they did. The city of LA rejoiced over the fact that two of their sports teams were champions.
LA Lakers won their first NBA title since 2010
Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Lakers were one of the favorites to win the NBA title. The Lakers added NBA superstar Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James. James was entering his second season with the Lakers after coming off a season previously, where he missed a good amount of games due to injury. With a healthy James and newly added Davis, the Lakers dominated during the regular season.
The Lakers finished the regular season as the top seed in the Western Conference. During the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers dominated in the first few rounds. In the first and second rounds of the playoffs, the Lakers lost a total of two games. The Lakers defeated a Portland Trail Blazers team that came into the playoffs with a lot of momentum. LA was too much for the Trail Blazers, and even though Portland won the first game of the series, the Lakers would go on to win the next four. The Lakers went on to defeat the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets to advance to the NBA Finals.
It was set; the 2020 NBA Finals featured the Lakers and the Miami Heat. James did what he said he was going to do, and that was bringing a title back to LA. The Lakers defeated the Heat 4-2 to win their 17th overall NBA title. For James, it was his fourth overall title. The city of LA finally had something to cheer about again as the Lakers brought a title back to the west coast.
The Dodgers joined in on the fun and won the MLB World Series
After the Lakers won the title, the city of LA was feeling good celebrating an NBA championship. The MLB season was still going on, and there was a team emerging as a favorite to compete for a World Series title, and that was the Dodgers. Throughout the shortened season, the Dodgers showed why they were a team to beat.
Going into the playoffs, the Dodgers were the top seed in the West. The Dodgers did not lose a game in the first two rounds. They faced a test during the NLCS as they battled the Atlanta Braves. The series went to seven games as the Dodgers were able to come out on top. For the third time in four years, the Dodgers were back in the World Series. This time was different because the Dodgers finally came out on top, defeating the Rays in six games.
The Dodgers and Lakers bringing excitement to LA
The city of LA was already in a state of excitement after the Lakers won, and they got to celebrate after the Dodgers won. If there wasn’t a global pandemic going on, just imagine how the parades would have been in downtown LA. LA is now home to the 2020 NBA and MLB champs.
If there was one positive thing that people can say happened in 2020 is that the Lakers and Dodgers won their respective titles. Based on both of the team’s performances this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see those two teams win multiple titles in the future.