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. aizen

    Lebron is king! and to the haters and non believers, choke on his dust! ahahahhahaha..he got what the other team couldnt give him in 8 years. well done the heats, you deserve it! much love to wade and bosh and battier, you guys fought teeth and nails for this championship.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    The NBA is fixed....

    June 22, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • cashville


      June 22, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Gladys

      The NBA is fixed please did you see the game last night. All the calls went in OKC favor. Lebron needed help in Cleveland and they never gave it to him so he left. He got the championship he so much deserves. Good for him!

      June 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. crystal stokes


    June 22, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. disgustedvet

    All of Cleveland is full of sorrow. King James has won,there's no tomorrow. Burma shave.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. aertzc

    This is going to go down as the year that the NBA jumped the shark and everyone outside of Miami and the Commissioner's office realizes that. Professional basketball is nothing more than a show that caters to urban areas along the coasts. That's why it's floundering in ratings.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Ratings are up this year. They've been up since Lebron went to Miami. Even the haters watch hoping he'll lose. Keep hoping.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. corrupt nba

    duane ford and cj roth judged the nba.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. # doug o 24

    Great game for james and all the heat players. 2012 NBA CHAMPS-MIAMI HEAT. GREAT JOB GUYS.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. corrupt nba

    sorry that's Jerry Roth, C.J. Ross and Duane Ford as nba referees all finals season

    June 22, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Skellington

    Seven more rings to go James.... As you promised.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. TOMG


    June 22, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. pigsplaygames

    Proof that enough money can buy any city a championship team.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      The lakers spent over $10 million more this year. Where's their championship?

      June 22, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. jake

    Me thinks theres some resentment settling in for the heat. well we all know the saying...if you cant stand the heat, get out of the league...looks like cleveland going to be thinking this over for a while. oh well im a hockey fan anyways so what do i care.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. mirrorlure7m

    Great game. Happy to see the Heat win it.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. blursd

    Now he only needs four more rings to match Kobe, and five to match Jordan ...

    June 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. dennis zamora

    to the big 3 of miami heat congrats for taking the NBA champ you deserve it.hardwork really pays.Hoorays for King James for a great show and good job done,

    June 22, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • dennis zamora

      nice message denz relly miami is great team now in the NBA.The big difference is the big 3 especially KING JAMES.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
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