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. lolz

    obviously the people complaining probably didnt watch the game or have been lebron haters for a while. heat was the team that wanted it more. i don't see OKC going away anytime soon, maybe a rematch?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. LAKERS !!!

    Lebron james sucks!! hes a cry baby!! they only gave him one.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      And Kobe is a bumb, stuck up, one man show....

      June 22, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    Three peat

    June 22, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. erskinboi

    MAN I DON"T CARE. What a crybaby.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. ED

    The heat owners paid for the championship. Money buys anything.. David stern,,.. Also Arison the other owner lost 3.1 billion last year, and he was fined 50K for talking bad about the NBA owners. Those owners have enough money to make it rain, and still have enough to money to pay for a championship.. yup.. I google it.. just go to forbes.com

    June 22, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • bionerdgoldenbear

      Then I guess the lakers bought all of their championships. Both teams played a good game but the Heat wanted it more and it showed. They won fair and square so get over it already.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Skellington

    Easy to win when you have the refs on your side.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike G.

    does anyone know who much they paid the refs?, the nba commissioner? it was too easy for the heat to win. I think they were all paid off..

    June 22, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    I only care enough to say this is a waste of my time saying I don't care for the NBA at all.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. arthur a, fm d philippines, a fan

    a big congratulations to the miami heat. the big 3, james, wade & bosh showed a superb display of basketball finest in the court. they live up to their billing & peoples expectation. kudos goes also to the whole team for coming up as a real team and contributed to the team's success. they deserve the 2012 championship trophy because they played well as a team. i was amazed how they drill 3pointers and look so smooth & easy. congrats too to the super coach, spoelstra, a fil-am, we are all proud here in the philippines of ur professional, strategic handling of a superb team. u transformed a very cohesive, aggressive and unimaginable athletes in the nba today. good luck and hope to see u play again in the championship next season. to the other teams, more preparation & luck next time.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. GO LAKERS!!!!.

    ooh hell nooo. how many rings that kobe have? and how many rings does lebron have? 5 rings to 1.. thank you

    June 22, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bolaji09

    My condolences to genuine fans of the sport whose team fell short this evening. OKC was a worthy runners-up. Congratulations to the 2011-2012 NBA Champions, Miami Heat! To those who were stewing their poison pens in their hateful obsession with a desire for the failure of James and his team, the ulcerous discomfort is well within your control.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. KOBE!!

    I think you guys are all jelouse cux kobe aint on your team, and plus he has 5 rings..

    June 22, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. gd

    well deserve to miami heat also,great game to ok.c

    June 22, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Go Heat!

    Obviously, those complaining here about Res and all that, are just a bunch of losers, maybe fake Cleveland fans

    June 22, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    OMG this is so important to report, Thank god fro cnn. Not that I would have though anyone who gave a rats butt was watching. We should worship the 1%. I feel better now that some ball players won some game that they almost went on strike about while the rest of the country make 4K a year thanks to Democrats. Go team Obama. That should be who we root for, going broke because of someones ego. it's fine though, next year illegals will have their jobs, ty Obama

    June 22, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • wow

      hey tom when you dont use punctuation and jaber on and on and dant spill yur wards rigt and your trying to make an argument about who should run this country your kinda making your self look like a box of tools and you pointless rant is hard to read and leaves me thinking your never received proper education

      June 22, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny America

      You sound like a moronic foreigner. This is the United States, we care about sports here. Go back to your third world country you worthless piece of trash.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • John L. Slomko

      I REALLY DONT CARE ABOUT HIM. HE AINT ALL THAT TO COMPARE HIM TO THE GREATS OF THE GAME HO HUM. HE WON ONE CHAMPIONSHIP. HE GOT PAYED TO DO THAT ABOUT AFTER TEN OR SO YEARS LADAYADE.WALKTHEWALK ORTALK THETALK. HOHUMHOHUM.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • John L. Slomko

      Short season not full one paying all that money its not really a championship season lalada. it sucks he will never b compared to the greats. dont even go there with michael jordan . Its a travesty to the sport of basketball . To try and get a team together to win a championship and fail. YOU SUCK.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • buddy

      Write back when YOU have won a championship.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
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