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. Mauro

    Great for Miami. Great team and well deserved victory. Miami is a wonderful city.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nodule

    Mom! Look what Uncle Pat bought me!

    June 22, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Boring

    More scripted than a WWE wrestling match. Enjoy your belt...er trophy.

    A fabricated championship for a fabricated hero for a fabricated "sport"

    P.S. Thanks NBA for ruining college basketball with a game that looks nothing like basketball.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Libdumb

    For NBA to survive he had to win. Only real star they have. Boring..........................

    June 22, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. S Adams

    Wow..the LeBron haters are out in full force today....oh well. First of all I am not a Heat fan or a LeBron fan. As a matter of fact I think he handled the move to Miami like an arrogant a$$hat. That being said, you cannot take the championship away, he is the MVP, he was the reason they made it to the finals, and he did it while showing some maturity and grit that wasn't there last year. Oppie seems to think Wade was the reason they reached the finals, well you must not have watched any of the games my friend, because it was definitively James this time. He did not shrink or back away from the pressure as he did last year.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. pmmarion

    That's the problem with hate. It will ALWAYS come and bite you on the ass. LeBron James got his championship and there is NOTHING all the hate can do to stop it.. lol

    June 22, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • paulino


      June 22, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Rkutz

      A man that is wise beyond his years.

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

    Couldn't have happened to a worse human. I believe this team is a one and done situation.

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

    I didn't watch any of the series previous games and decided to watch last night. James made a lot of perfect passes to set up 3's, great ball movement. He was very agile with the ball while elevated. Also the Thunder had more foul shots than the Heat did so whats all this bad calls by the refs? I saw one with the flagrant on Fisher but not games are ever called perfect. Please stop the hating it is bad for you.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • paulino

      ITS really sad, but We in LEBRON/WADE County are happyyyyyyy

      June 22, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. jlf

    thank God the whining will stop now. if he hadn't of made his leaving the Cavaliers such a media event,trying to keep his decision such a 'SECRET" when really we all knew what he was going to do, i don't think people would be so down on him..

    June 22, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. boriqua

    its about time getting the chemistry together ......one more year with out winning a championship would have been a disaster !!!!!!!!!!! who knows maybe we would have a new team next year so congradulations to the maimi heat .

    June 22, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. LBJ still a Di*k

    Big woopppp....ready for the next news cycle. He's still a P.O.S and always will be! Go away LBJ....

    June 22, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Making more money than college

    wooah. Garbage economy.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. VeteranOIF

    The entire sport of the NBA is a joke. NBA is not a sport, it's a bunch of dudes dancing around a ball. Yes I like the city of Miami, but the NBA sucks. And LeBron James sucks too.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Making more money than college

    Going to College is important. This is garbage and hurtful those who went to college and never found a job.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. boriqua

    the heat in miami was scortion yesterday the team was sizzlinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyeahhhhhh baby

    June 22, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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