- Finally an NBA champion, it’s all worth it now.
- James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, and got the kind of help that was worth leaving home for, leading the Heat in a 121-106 rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night to win the NBA Finals in five games.
- Best player in the game, best team in the league.
- James has found it all since taking his talents to South Beach.
Miami captures its second NBA title with a 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. LeBron James finishes with a triple-double and is named the most valuable player of the Finals.
The Heat defeated the Thunder 121-106 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to clinch the world championship. After losing the first game of the series, the Heat won four in a row to earn the franchise’s second title. Although the Heat’s victories in Games 2, 3 and 4 were close and decided by only a few possessions, the clincher was an emphatic statement of basketball greatness.
Two years ago, LeBron James chose to team up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami and build an instant basketball dynasty. The Heat fell two wins shy of beginning that reign in 2011. On Thursday, Miami’s rule over the NBA officially began.
The Heat won the series, four games to one, against a Thunder team that went from precocious to bumbling, hardly resembling the bunch that lost only three games combined in its first three playoff series.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sat out the final 4 minutes 43 seconds, with Durant draping a towel around his head as if it might somehow block out the scene unfolding around him.
For James, it was a triumph that will presumably lessen some of the ache he has endured since Finals flops in 2007 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and last year with the Heat. His efforts against Oklahoma City helped him earn most valuable player of the Finals honors.
James continually attacked the basket from the opening tip and was excellent in every facet, collecting a triple-double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to lead six Heat players in double figures scoring. Bosh had 24 points and Wade 20.
Miami got it done with the Big Three and with the little ones, making 14 of 26 three-pointers. Reserve guard Mike Miller was a stunningly effective sharpshooter, making seven of eight shots from beyond the arc.
The veteran guard finished with 23 points, nearly tripling his combined eight points from four previous Finals games in which he was a nonfactor. He opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back three-pointers to extend Miami’s cushion to 27 points.
Game, season, series, Heat.
Fans began celebrating in earnest after the Heat put together a 36-point third quarter, taking a 95-71 lead.
Heat 95, Thunder 71 (end of third quarter)
The partying has started in South Beach.
Barring a total collapse, Miami will win its second NBA title and first with the ballyhooed trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh after putting together a 36-point third quarter.
The Heat is getting it done with the Big Three and with the little ones, making 12 of 21 three-pointers and putting together a 32-11 run after the Thunder had made it a five-point game.
Bosh has 22 points to lead six Heat players in double figures scoring.
Oklahoma City pulled to within 61-56 early in the quarter when Serge Ibaka picked up a loose ball and went in for a dunk, and the Thunder had the ball again after Kevin Durant blocked a shot by James.
But Durant made a behind-the-back move dribbling up the court and lost the ball.
Miami’s Mario Chalmers made a three-pointer from one corner of the court and then Shane Battier made a three-pointer from the other corner on the Heat’s next possession, extending its advantage to 67-56 and prompting a Thunder timeout.
Source: LA Times