VIDEO SHOWS: CROWD DONNING LOS ANGELES LAKERS COLOURS CELEBRATING ON THE STREET, FIREWORKS OVER STAPLES CENTER, POLICE VEHICLES AND OFFICERS NEAR STAPLES CENTER
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 11, 2020) (ORIGINALLY SHOT IN PORTRAIT) (KAYLA PALISOC – NO RESALE / MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY KAYLA PALISOC)
1. CROWD OF PEOPLE WEARING LOS ANGELES LAKERS COLOURS CELEBRATING ON STREET, YELLOW SMOKE HAZING STREET
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 11, 2020) (ORIGINALLY SHOT IN PORTRAIT) (INSTAGRAM @GOOODS213 – NO RESALE / MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY INSTAGRAM @GOOODS213)
2. FIREWORKS OVER STAPLES CENTER / CROWDS OF PEOPLE GATHERING OUTSIDE CENTER
3. DOZENS OF POLICE VEHICLES FLASHING LIGHTS AND BLARING SIRENS ON ROAD NEAR STAPLES CENTER
4. HELICOPTER FLYING OVER STAPLES CENTER / CROWD OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET / POLICE VEHICLES PARKED IN A NEARBY ROAD / POLICE OFFICERS STANDING ON THE ROAD
STORY: Dozens of police vehicles arrived on scene as hundreds of fans celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA championship win outside of the Staples Center on Sunday evening (October 11).
People gathered outside of the team’s home court as the Lakers restored the storied franchise to the top of the basketball world, capturing a record-tying 17th NBA Championship win over the Miami Heat with a 106-93 victory that sealed the best-of-seven title series 4-2.
Eyewitness images shared with Reuters showed fans celebrating amid fireworks being set off before police arrived. The Los Angeles Police Department had on Friday (October 9) encouraged fans on social media to watch the game and celebrate responsibly at home.
The Lakers’ victory tied them with the Boston Celtics for most NBA championships and capped an unprecedented season that resumed in July at a spectator-free campus at Disney World in Florida after a four-month COVID-19 shutdown.
(Production: Nur-Azna Sanusi)