On This Date 6/19/2000
The Los Angeles Lakers win their first NBA Championship since 1988. The Lakers win the championship by beating the Indiana Pacers in six games. The Lakers win the finale 116-111 as Shaquille O’Neal scores 41 points with 12 rebounds at Staples Center. Shaq averaged 38 points and 16.7 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals earning MVP honors. It would be the first of three straight championships for the Lakers.