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NBA Finals 2020: Heat vs. Lakers Recap, Analysis and Best Moments | Bleacher Report

NBA Finals 2020: Heat vs. Lakers Recap, Analysis and Best Moments | Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Anthony Davis (3) celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The Los Angeles Lakers opened up a new championship era in franchise history Sunday by taking the first NBA Finals victory of the LeBron James-Anthony Davis partnership.

The Lakers finished off their six-game series with the Miami Heat by turning in the most dominant performance of the series. 

Los Angeles defeated Miami 106-93 in Game 6, but the final score does not represent how one-sided the final contest inside the Orlando bubble was. 

Frank Vogel’s team took a 64-36 lead into the half, and it took a 27-point lead over the Eastern Conference champion into the final quarter. 

James and Davis controlled the contest, just like they did for most of the series, by combining for 47 points and 29 rebounds.

James captured the Most Valuable Player award for averaging 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game in the NBA Finals. Davis also averaged a double-double with 25 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

According to NBA History, James and Davis became the second Lakers duo in franchise history to average 25-plus points per game in an NBA Finals. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant achieved that feat in 2002. 

Jimmy Butler was the only other player in the series to come close to matching one of those averages, as he had 26.2 points per game. 

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USOPC Suing Insurance Carriers for Allegedly Delaying Larry Nassar Settlements | Bleacher Report

USOPC Suing Insurance Carriers for Allegedly Delaying Larry Nassar Settlements | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar, a former doctor for USA Gymnastics and member of Michigan State's sports medicine staff, sits in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. MSU is defending itself against a second wave of lawsuits related to Nassar but says it wants to reach a deal with the additional assault victims. MSU defended itself in a court filing Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. It says it's immune to liability for Nassar's crimes, no matter how

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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee reportedly filed a lawsuit in a Colorado district court on Thursday against its insurance carriers, claiming they are delaying payments stemming from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse fallout.

Nancy Armour and Tom Schad of USA Today reported the news, noting the USOPC has not reached a settlement with the more than 500 girls and young women who sued the organization and USA Gymnastics because they said they were sexually abused by Nassar or others within the sport. 

Mediation has lasted approximately a year and a half, and USOPC said the 11 insurance companies it is using have “failed to honor their promises,” which has delayed any settlement payments.

“This lawsuit seeks to have a court resolve the issues related to the insurers’ obligations, as part of our efforts to achieve a fair resolution for the victims and survivors,” board chair Susanne Lyons said.

Armour and Schad explained the lawsuits filed by the survivors against USA Gymnastics and the USOPC were put on hold in December 2018 when USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy, but the organization must reach a settlement agreement or the lawsuits can resume.

As part of the lawsuit against the insurance carriers, the USOPC denied responsibility for Nassar and said it took out the insurance policies so it didn’t have to pay the claims to survivors and could continue funding other athletes.

Armour and Schad also noted on Aug. 24 the USOPC joined a joint motion filed on Aug. 20 by USA Gymnastics and the survivors that said the insurance carriers were stalling settlement negotiations “for their own economic benefit.” 

In 2018, Nassar, who was a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician, was sentenced to 40 and 175 years in prison.

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