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. humble lion

    People who are crowing foul on the refs maybe suffering from myopic degeneration. The Lebron haters, sorry, history was written, you cannot rewrite it.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • humble lion

      At least history will still have the asterisk next to this championship

      June 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MalcolmXcrement

    SUCKS TO BE YOU, CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. josh p

    Although I reside in Miami and I am a Heat fan,but I am wondering if this final wasn,t fixed against the Thunders,Lebron got all kind of calls going for him he foul others no call,others barely touch him and they call foul.

    These officials better watch themselves.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dforr

    Comments that the Cavs "Failed' to give him talent are deceptive. It's well known that they tried to get several big time players who all wanted to know if lebron was staying. lebronn refused to speak with them and they wouldn't come. Lebron refused to recruit players for the Cavs because he knew but wouldn't say that he was leaving. If he had talent around him it would make his pre determined leaving a little harder.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    People sure do spend a lot of energy spouting off hatred towards others.

    If you spent more time being useful instead of being selfish and useless your lives wouldn't be so pathetic and miserable.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • troll

      u mad bro?

      June 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      I spout lots of hatred and my life is pretty fantastic

      June 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cwbynes

    GO HEAT! we love u

    June 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anne

    So did the rest of the team get "their" championship too? Does this mean now we can stop talking about Lebron James? Last time I checked there are 5 players on the court.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny America

      Only 1 of those 5 had a triple double. The others were very good, but one man was the show.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. amoncmon

    Congrats, Heat!! http://youtu.be/h4QDbzUIItM

    June 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. louise

    I am so happy for Lebron James and the fabulous HEAT. You Haters need to get over it. Losers like you will always be jealous of Labron's winnng spirit.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    You know, I don't really care how anyone treats Cleveland fans – Cleveland fans are about the rudest I've ever encountered. Driving through Cleveland on game days with license plates from other states has given me proof on that one. Congratulations LeBron!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • FireMedic84

      It's not being rude. It's called pride. Lebron turned his back on the city. Clevelanders have pride in their city. The worst thing you can do is to turn your back on your hometown. People that don't understand that come from places that have NO PRIDE. Sorry your hometown city sucks. People that come into Cleveland that are cheering for other teams will get mocked. That is just the way it is. Deal with it.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan586

    Big deal. They only played a half a season. One and Done will be James legacy. James will never be a Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, or even Koby Bryant.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • zwd23

      your such a hater LOL Magic said last night hes twice as good as he was... People always "hate the great" and your comment makes me laugh. Know one is trying to compare him to Jordan. The heat DOMINATED the Thunder in all aspects of the game. #GOHEAT #BYEHATER

      June 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      All of those guys have skeletons. I won't waste your time naming them. Get off your high horse and stop acting like LeBron did anything wrong. LeBron should get his ring fitted for his "middle finger" in homage for Cleveland and all those idiot fans! WOMP!

      June 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. d

    sandusky took some kids to the game

    June 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mikeM

    This is news because a sports-crazy nation cares more about a team than what happens in Congress. We we to pay the same attention to Congress than we pay to sports and entertainment we would have a different nation.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeM

      I've tried to watch CSPAN and it isn't nearly as exciting as sports

      June 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hapdog

    The team won

    June 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan586

    LeBron HALF SEASON ONE AND DONE James. James earned nothing he bought a trophey

    June 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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