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. Miami Fan

    Lebron is God! All you people are haters. He left Cleveland because he will never win in that loser city. LOL. Gilbert (Cavs owner) can suck it!!!

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

    MIAMI HEAT 2012 NBA CHAMPIONS! Congrats to all the heat players.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. HEAT FAN!

    I am so excited that my team WON!!! Way to go BRON, WADE, BOSH, and the rest of the team! Miller with 23!! This was a team effortand we pulled it out! Last year loss motivated us to the fullest to get it done! All the hate and cntroversy on Lebron! He can take that off his shoulders now! We CHAMPS BABY! All you haters that hate him.... Yea, go take a long walk off a short cliff. #HEATGANG! And mad that you went to college and cant find a job, so you blame Lebron! That is stupid and you probably are too. Which is why, you probably dont have a job now. Im ready for another OKC- MIA matchup!!

    June 22, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. HEAT FAN!

    Put the City of Cleveland on Suicide watch!
    Put Dan Gilbert on Suicide Watch!
    Put Skip Bayless on Suicide Watch!

    June 22, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. PC

    Do the officials in all 4 series get rings too or just the NBA execs who made sure things would happen the way they did. Really, I have no problem with the Heat winning just not like this. Congrats to the Miami fans but in the back of your heads, for anyone who understands the game, you have to question how too many of those games were called. Shame on the media for not making a bigger issue out of this.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rkutz

      Really you want to go there. How about look in the back your head with your hating a*% tell me what you see that's right nothing you ole empty head F*%$#@. Your just SAD a smart a*% dummy.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin Barbieux

    The most unimportant story of the year.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. J.

    To all you haters out there – MIAMI HEAT 2012 NBA CHAMPIONS!!! Enough Said.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Dphockey13

      Too bad its a fake championship for a false season.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Livano Guerrero

    I am very happy for the HEAT and for Miami. Last night, the HEAT played the best basketball game that I have seen in a long time. Lebron deserves the MVP award as the best player for the season for his determination, humility and intelligence. Lebron heaters can now kiss his...

    June 22, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tr1Xen

    What can I say? Congrats sir.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. trollolol

    Thank God. Now we can finally say he's every bit as good as Jordan.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. liz

    I would have loved to have seen the look on Dan Gikbert's face when that buzzer went off and LeBron James along with the rest of the Miami Heat were NBA Champs.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. zie22

    YAWN this years playoffs were boring as hell! Didnt even watch the championship this year.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • J_305

      But here you are on these message boards

      June 22, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Monkey Business

    Ha ha, the poor haters are crying in their corn flakes. Hope you have a terrible day, losers.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. outkkast

    To all you small Miami Haters...RING...stay small my friends...

    June 22, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. NeoGraphix

    I hope James retires now. He got what he craved for, but as a teammate he is in the ranks of Owens and Moss of the NFL. All about the me and not the team.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Shmeckell

      It's almost a comical post, being that all of the annalists have been complaining about how much he has been passing the ball in the playoffs.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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