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The best play of Game 1 (and maybe the entire NBA season) didn't even count

In a matter of two quarters, NBA fans quickly came to find out something they already knew but didn't want to admit: the L.A. Lakers are going to win the NBA Finals. It didn't matter if it was the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, the Milwuakee Bucks or the Monstars. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are on a mission, and together they are basically unstoppable when they are each going for 20-plus points, 9-plus boards and 5-plus assists a night. 

Sure, they still have to win three more games. As legendary Laker Kobe Bryant once said - "Job's not finished." But, judging by the Game 1 thrashing and the fact Goran Dragic is now injured and both Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are banged up, it feels like it's over. 

This was never more apparent than at the end of the first half, when the Heat attempted to cut into a 17-point deficit only to be denied. With two seconds left, the Lakers tried to go to the other end of the court to get one last bucket, but time ran out. That didn't stop the King from throwing down one of the most insane putback dunks of the year:

Obviously, it didn't count, but it might as well have. This was LeBron just toying with his former team, essentially letting them know he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. Yeah, this series is over. 

P.S. - LeBron never doing the NBA Dunk Contest should remain a black eye on his legacy as long as he lives. I'm sorry. That's just how it's got to be.