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. steve

    James still has not won a ring after 82 games season

    June 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rikers

    The NBA? Don't care and don't watch a bunch of overpaid underachievers run up and down the court.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PEDO BEAR

    Can't wait to see the Heatles go bellyup in a full season. Sure, in a half season they seem good, but over a full schedule they will run out of energy, just like season 1 of their supposed "dynasty."

    June 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. southernwonder

    i will care when, and if, i can afford the game ticket.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Johnny America

    That was one of the most lopsided endings to a finals Ive ever seen. The place looked electric. It was the perfect way to end the game.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Euro0909

      Who cares, Eurocup 2012 is on!

      June 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeromepaul

    Who cares? ... just another over-inflated sports ego.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      The absolute worst sport.. the NBA is awful.. college hoops are fun to watch.. These this morons over over paid thugs..

      By the way.. what the hell is a "Lebron"..

      June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      A Lebron was a crappy car made by Chrysler

      June 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rkutz

    I couldn't agree more well said.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nija

    Dedicate the cup to the Haters. Go Miami

    June 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hello

    Joe seems to be the racist on on here...that is all he seems to focus on when others are talking about their views and opinions...I have not heard anything that was racist until JOE has to inject it into a adault conversation...Maby he needs to remove himself from adault conversations because he can not conduct himself as one...GO AWAY JOE!!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOERACIST

      Adault???? Ebonics?

      June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bxp2521

    Someone is saying that Lebron will never be a Jordan, Bird, or whoever. You know what, a team consisting of 5 Lebrons will always beat any team of 5 Jordans, or 5 Birds, or 5 Magics.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Perez

      yeah and then you woke up! Keep it real!

      June 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      not a chance. keep smokin whatever you have though..

      June 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Really?

    Dan Gilbert, you demonized and tried to ruin a 25 year old kid who gave you all he had for seven GREAT years after making a simple mistake on his decision to leave. For that I hope Cleveland doesn’t get to the playoffs until you sell the team. You don’t deserve a winning team. Dan, Lebron wasn’t the problem and the reason your team didn’t win a championship. If you want to find the problem, start with the guy in the mirror.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn Thomas

      He purposely threw those games in Cleveland. He just isn't a team player and has no loyality.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Kells

      Dan Gilbert didn't demonize LeBron, LeBron did that to himself. Gilbert just spoke out on the subject. Nobody in Cleveland was mad about his decision to leave (at least nobody I know). It was his right to do what he felt was best for his career. What we took offense to was the way he did it. I'm glad he finally has his ring, he deserves it. As for Dan Gilbert, I doubt he's too worried about it. His multi-million dollar casino just opened up in downtown Cleveland, and he's got the draft starting. LeBron is probably the last thing on his mind. I wish LeBron all the luck in the future, but if it's a choice between Dan Gilbert and LeBron, I hope Gilbert has far more success. Gilbert has done more for our city than anyone i can think of.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shawn Thomas

    He will never be a Michael Joradn. Just a Court Jester that blew it purposely two years Early, due to lack of Loyalty.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. YodaHart

    Do the refs get a ring, too? They seemed to help the Heat the most!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Of course heat cd not ave win it without referees help. NBA is a total fake entertainment like reality shows these days.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pico

    commons give the man credit stop hating....

    June 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Euro0909

    Germany V Greece in 45 Minutes!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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