What Happy LA Looks Like: Photos From The Lakers 2020 Championship Win (Before The Tactical Alert)
The Los Angeles Lakers brought home their 17th championship on Sunday night, besting the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, 106-93. Then came the revelry.
Despite the city urging people to demonstrate joy at home, Lakers fans took to the streets around Staples Center to celebrate the win. Fireworks lit up the skies. People stuck in traffic jams passed the time by hanging out of car windows cheering, chanting, waving flags, and twirling jerseys. And throughout the night, Kobe Bryant's name echoed in the air like a prayer.
Many fans expressed catharsis. "We needed this," and "this one's for us" were common refrains.
Then came the confrontations between crowds and police. The night took a turn and officers began to use less-than-lethal munitions to disperse the crowds. LAPD said 76 people were arrested.
Last night’s largely peaceful celebration in Downtown LA of the Lakers championship turned into confrontational, violent & destructive behavior.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 12, 2020
30+ buildings damaged
8 officers injured
2 injured by less lethal munitions fired by our officers pic.twitter.com/BZ2nYWHz3c
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