The Los Angeles Lakers are in.
Kobe Bryant has now lead the Los Angeles Lakers to consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
With Kobe Bryant leading the way with 35 points and 10 assists, the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals after winning the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets in six games. Los Angeles won Game 6 tonight, 119-92, in impressive fashion.
The Nuggets were game, but at the end of the day, they don’t have the overall experience to handle the pressure of this moment.
Now next season, the Nuggets will come into the year with high expectations. How they handle that will determine if they take the next and final step.
In looking forward, the Lakers will play either Cleveland or Orlando in the NBA Finals.
If Orlando wins Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at home Saturday, L.A. will have home-court advantage in the finals against the Magic.
If Cleveland wins Game 6 at Orlando and Game 7 at home, the Cavaliers will have home-court advantage against Los Angeles. During the regular season, the Lakers were 2-0 against Cleveland, 0-2 vs. Orlando.
The NBA Finals begins Thursday, June 4.