LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James vs. the Heat. Jimmy Butler vs. the Lakers. Get ready for the NBA Finals — a title series like none other, to end a season like none other.
The matchup is now set, with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the last two teams standing in the chase to be crowned champions of the most tumultuous season in NBA history.
The Heat won the Eastern Conference title on Sunday night, clinching that series a day after the Lakers won the Western Conference crown.
For the first time since the league’s inaugural season, two franchises that missed the playoffs the previous season will meet in the NBA Finals.
Game 1 of the Heat-Lakers Finals series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. MDT).