Dwayne Wade gets his second ring in six years and Lebron James gets his first after 9 years, as the Miami Heat defeat the Thunder to win the NBA Championship.
In a game that was never really in doubt, the Heat beat the Thunder 121 to 106 in Game 5 to close out the series with four straight victories. Stifling defense and poor shooting plagued the Oklahoma City Thunder who suffered defeat in their first venture to the NBA Finals.
The series MVP Lebron James led the Heat once again with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to record yet another playoff triple, but it was the total team play that secured the victory. Dwayne Wade was his usual model of consistency, chipping in 20 points, and Chris Bosh added 24 points and 12 rebounds. While the "Big Three" did what they were supposed to do, the supporting cast also came up big.
Mike Miller, who at times looked like his back was going to give out, contributed a huge 23 points including shooting 7 for 7 from the three-point line. Shane Battier added 11 with 3 3-pointers of his own and Mario Chalmers added 10 timely points.
“It’s about damn time,” Lebron James said last night after the game.
Many Lebron James fans echo that sentiment as they have waited for the self-proclaimed "King" to finally reach the championship throne. Coming to Miami as a result of the ill-received "decision", Miami fans were haunted by the Miami loss to the Dallas Mavericks in last year's Finals. They promised much and until last night had not delivered.
“We came here to win a championship and we got it done,” Bosh said.
Miami fans are relieved. Now the question returns to "How many?" Not one, not two, not three, not four...
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