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. mew4meow


    June 22, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. gggg

    Finally, the two most ludicrous sports seasons are over. Basketball and hockey, where the regular season eliminates what? One team? And then it falls to 2 month playoff season. Just get rid of the rest of the season and go straight to the playoffs.

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

      Hockey rules.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • HockeyLivesHere

      Wow, you have no idea what real sports are with that comment. Let me guess? American? Overweight couch king, watching grown men tap each other on the ass after they try to tackle one another to the ground and dry hump? Thought so..........You should come over to the arena sometimem I look forward to it 🙂

      June 22, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. dolly

    Lebron is a warrior he deserves it

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

    great performance for king james.,and miami.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Lebron who? is he a pro golfer or rapper?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherwood

      And what part of Ohio are you from...

      June 22, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Rkutz

      Sounds like you drank some hater aid.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bob collins

    Face it! Very few care...

    June 22, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. rUDENZ

    MIAMI HEAT!!!!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • rdbeard

      No, David Stern did it.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      What do you mean "we"?

      June 22, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. dan

    NBA would not allow the Heat to lose 2 years in a row. They had to let them win after letting three big players to be on the same team. Let's face it, the Heat is a cash cow franchise and NBA is milking it. Next year hopefully the NBA won't have paid off refs in the series and will make the Heat earn their way. Some teams are good enough to beat the Heat, but they cant beat the refs. Some people are just to dumb to see that

    June 22, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany 1226


      June 22, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • iBod

      EXACTLY! Some people are just too busy glorifying the "Champ" that they fail to face reality - the NBA is slimier than the NFL. I wouldn't even doubt last year's loss was an "accident"...If you know what I mean...and that's no offense to Dallas. I was grateful they embarrassed Miami last year. I know OKC could have done the same, but they just couldn't get past those refs once the series was away. Absolutely shameful how irrelevant the NBA has become.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsmanUP

      Wow. You actually believe what you're saying?

      June 22, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • edward

      either your from okc or cleveland so your hating. since okc lost seattle is jumping.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • SunnyPSU26

      Or you are just a whiner. If the NBA was rigged, there would be a lot of federal investigations and many would be going to jail. Get a life.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Vivek Chaudhary

    This proves that he couldn't have the won the championship on his own.

    Of course, you need a team effort to win. He realized that when he joined Miami.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tiffany 1226

    I'm happy for Lebron James ,and the heats....James had a lot of people hating on him, i'm just happy he kelp his head up, he is still of one of the best players in the NBA 2day ..... congrats James, I still love you!!!!!

    June 22, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Learn how to spell. You make us Heat fans look as dumb as you...

      June 22, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. shilohmedia

    Dear god, now this guy is going to be insufferable. If he wasn't an arrogant ass before, there will be no stopping him now.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany 1226


      June 22, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsmanUP

      You must hang out with him a lot

      June 22, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. dan

    The 90s Bulls never had bogus fouls called everytime they got down 10 points. They earned every win.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Clay Bennett

      Losers whine about refs...grow up Dan. You could be me...I paid for this weakass team.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Grindstone

      I never really watched any NBA before this year's finals, but it did seem very blunt to me that the refs were very much in favor of the Heat, giving fouls out like candy to OKC while the Heat played dirty.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • william

      Jordan always got the calls, you couldn't breathe on him.

      June 23, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Clay Bennett

    Why did I buy this stupid team and move them to this stupid city?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Stupid team but still made it to the finals. Reason people don't like the Heat is because arrogant morons like you.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. lgwelsh1

    The Heat earned it. They wanted it more than the Thunder.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Fresh1148

    So the Big 3 finally won. Lebum and the two refs riding him for a big payoff. Makes me sick that Magic Johnson an Stephen A. Smith praise this guy. How much are ya gettin paid to show such a hard on for a player who got his first ring in 9 years? So the count right now is 1 for 8. I hope ur counting Lebum, you took 9 years to get one, how long till u get ur 2nd??

    June 22, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
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