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October 12, 2020, 05.11 PM

ORLANDO, – Kobe Bryant’s spirit played an immensely impactful role as the Los Angeles Lakers secured the NBA championship title on Sunday.

The Lakers completed their NBA win dedicating their victory to the late LA legend by defeating Miami 106-93 to capture the NBA Finals four games to two in a quarantine bubble at Orlando, Florida.

"Kobe, I know he's looking down on us super proud," Lakers star forward Anthony Davis said. "We miss him, and this is definitely for him."

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Kobe Bryant together with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others were killed in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26 in suburban Los Angeles.

Nine months after the death of the basketball legend, the sports world remains stunned as it lost such a gifted talent at age 41.

"I think Kobe and Gianna have guided this team the entire year," Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said.

"Kobe's voice is always in my head, always, every day, every minute... for us to be able to win this championship doesn't take away the sting of the loss, but what it does is it helps us add to their legacy.

"Kobe and Gianna's legacy will last forever. It will impact lives around the world in positive ways, and this Lakers championship in 2020 is partly to build on that legacy and honor them. The moment couldn't be any more special to do that for them."

Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, posted a congratulations message on Instagram, saying: "Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this."

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The Lakers captured their first NBA title since 2010, when Bryant led them to the last of his five career crowns.

"There would be times in my hotel room here — when you're in a bubble for 100 days, it's tough — there would be times in the middle of the night, I would hear his voice: 'Stay the course. Finish the task,'" said Pelinka.

"He said, 'I'll give you two, three years, you'll fix this. You'll get the Lakers back on top.'

Pelinka looked to the heavens and said, "I guess you were right, man. You gave me the energy to do it."


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