James leads Heat to NBA title
LeBron James hugs Dywane Wade Thursday night as the finals seconds tick off the clock.
June 22nd, 2012
12:18 AM ET

James leads Heat to NBA title

The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 Thursday night in Miami to win the NBA championship in five games.

League MVP LeBron James scored 26 points, and had 11 rebounds and 13 assists for Miami. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade 20 for the Heat.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points.

Photos: NBA Finals Game 5

It was James' first title since signing with the Heat as a free agent in 2010. James won two MVP awards over seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers but no NBA titles. James was drafted by Cleveland out of high school in nearby Akron, Ohio.

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"This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off," James said after the game. James was named the series MVP.

The Heat lost last year's finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

"We had to go through last year," Wade said after the game, according to NBA.com. "As much as it hurt, we had to experience it to get here, this season."

The Heat, who won four games straight to win the best-of-seven series, took a lead early in the game and never let up, leading by 25 points in the final minutes of the third quarter.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his young team will learn from the finals experience.

"I think when you play against the best, you learn. You don't get better by playing bad teams," Brooks said. "We've played against the best three teams in the last few years and we've learned."

Durant had a game-high 32 points but said losing in the finals is the hardest thing he and his team have been through.

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"It's tough, that's the only way to explain it. As a whole I'm proud of the guys for how we've fought all season," Durant said. "I wouldn't want to play for anyone else or any other city."

soundoff (429 Responses)
  1. franciso colino

    for Nathan K to say Lebron can go burn in hell it really means that Nathan K is already burning in hell and has not died yet what a awful way to live it sounds like your life is tormented and full of contempt learn how to congradulate others success
    and free yourself from your current tormented state of existence this advise can transform your life.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. MikeAinFL

    LBJ is a great example of growing up and getting your act together. Seems like there's a few posters on this board that could learn something from him. Miami Heat, NBA champs. What have you accomplished lately?

    June 22, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. willis 102

    Your from Cleveland!! LOL

    June 22, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. franciso colino

    All you critics of Lebron wish you had his life. He has invested in his life and mastered his craft take notes you to could become a superstar and champion.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. uysfl

    Hell sounds better than Cleveland.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Hell is a local call in Dallas!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Detroit Man

      Hell is a city in michigan

      June 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jim

    It never ceases to amaze me that grown men can get this excited about what is essentially a children's game.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It is a multi-billion dollar industry- not exactly a childrens game anymore. If you don't like, don't watch it.... You are probably just a racist...

      I bet you are the same person who gets excited to send over young people to fight trillion dollar wars?

      June 22, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • LeJohn Brames

      basketball is kinda stupid when you think about it...throw a ball into a basket. Its entertainment for the masses...and it shows you that people can be taught to enjoy things that really have no meaning. I imagine this is the same reason Brits grow up to enjoy Cricket.

      June 22, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Your a hater

      If it's such a child's game why are you even reading this article you sad hater!

      June 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stevo

    Cleaveland!!! What's in Cleaveland?? NOTHING...Why would Lebron ever want to stay in that dump... He is 27 with at least another 8 years of play in front of him. Just like the honey badger...MIAMI DON'T CARE!! We won...PERIOD.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Denise

    LeBron is a CHAMP, and deserves it. He does not want to be MJ or any other legend just himself and he proved that last night. People need to stop comparing him to those folks, as he in his own rights will go down as a legend and one of the greatest NBA players EVER!!! MJ did NOT win a ring for the first 6 years of his career, until he was given a better team that included PIPPEN. When MJ left the Bulls, the Bulls still made the playoffs winning the Eastern Conference Final. When LBJ left Cleveland, they went to a lottery pick. Get it, MJ had better teams, LBJ did not. But he did last night and anyone who watched the series saw a young man grow and evolve in front of us. Haters will be haters, but come on give him is due respect as he deserves it!!
    Congrats LeBron James you are the BEST!!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. randy

    Michael never left Chicago to get his ring, Kobe never left LA for his ring, but Lebron James had to trash his home state, steal the moment and make a big deal about why he does not like Cleveland and had to leave. what a shame. I hoped he never got a ring and now that he does, I hope he chokes on it.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mae

      Get over it , he has a ring

      June 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Michael had an excellent supporting cast unlike LeBron in Cleveland. Get Over It!

      June 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      BOOO HOO!!! WAAAAH!

      June 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. mary

    Glad it's all about LeBron

    June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. devosays

    who cares.... worst sport on the planet

    June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Carlton

    Well deserved!

    June 22, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. LeJohn Brames

    Guys...its really not that hard when you basically buy a championship team.

    Now its time to find some white chicks to celebrate!!

    June 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hot in Miami

    All the Clevelosers are wetting their pants right now. Crybabies thought their loser town with its loser team and loser owner had lifetime rights to Lebron's talents. Go Heat!

    June 22, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      EXACTLY! Seriously... never seen a bigger bunch of hater cry babies!

      That said, last night everybody partied, had a good time, danced their butts off, and didn't riot like OTHER cities do! That's how you DO IT!!!

      June 22, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry4sports

      I do not think Cleveland cares, they are gambling the night away with their new casino.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Donald in CA

    Take that you LeBron haters including the racist cleveland owner. Cream rises to the top.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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