Miami heat wins 2012 NBA championship
Miami heat defeated OKC in 4th straight game to win NBA title. James triple double guides heat to NBA title. James capped off an amazing playoff run with a triple double and Mike Miller hit seven 3’s as Heat won the 2011-12 championship with a win in-game 5. Game 5 was one-sided game all the way from the start. Miami dominated the court offensively as well as defensively. They were just putting everything in the bucket from the downtown. They were in the finals last year also but that time different for them. They started this season to cover up for last year’s finals loss. The disappointment of losing to Dallas in six games last year vanished in a blowout of the demoralized Thunder. From the start they were the favourite contenders for the title. Miami’s big 3 played brilliantly and they were supported well by their bench. Heat rises to the title. James capped his title bid with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 23 points, Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and the Heat finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, winning 121-106. Mike Miller scored 23 points on 7-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami, which adds this title to the one it claimed in 2006. The big 3( James, wade, bosh) left the game for good with 3:01 remaining for a round of hugs and the start for a celebration he’s been waiting for since arriving in the NBA out of high school as the No. 1 pick of the 2003 draft. Bosh, who broke down in tears as the Heat left their own court after losing Game 6 last year, finished with 24 points and Wade scored 20. The Heat also got a huge boost from Mike Miller, who made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Miami heat’s six players scored in double digits. Crowd started cheering for Heat and their big 3 when the left the game.
Crowd knew that their team has done it. Crowd started celebrating even before the final buzzer. James decision to left Cleveland was criticised everywhere but he had different plans in his mind. In Miami he never had to do it alone. He got support when he needed it in this series, from Shane Battier’s 17 points in Game 2 to Mario Chalmers’ 25 in Game 4. In the clincher it was Miller, banged-up from so many recent injuries that he practically limps from the bench to scorer’s table when he checks in. OKC got 32 points and 11 rebounds from Durant. With Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden all 23 or younger, the Thunder has the pieces in place for a lengthy stay atop the Western Conference. But their inexperience showed in this series, a few questionable decisions, possessions and outright mistakes costing them in their franchise’s first playoff appearance since Seattle lost to Chicago in 1996. Westbrook scored 19 but shot only 4 of 20, unable to come up with anything close to his 43-point outing in Game 4, and Harden finished a miserable series with 19. OKC 3 point shooting percentage against Miami was 27.3% after shooting 35.2% in the season. Appearing fully over the cramps that forced him to sit out the end of Game 4, he was back to his dominant self, a combination of strength and speed that is practically unmatched in the game – and rarely seen in the history of it. Coach Erik Spoelstra tied Riley for the Heat franchise record with his 34th postseason win. He is 34-22, while Riley was just 34-36. The four-game losing streak that Oklahoma City finished the season with was its longest of the season. Best player in the game, best team in the league. James is definitely the new king. James hopped up and down in the final minutes, shared a long hug with opponent Kevin Durant.
James added the finals MVP honour to his regular-season award, calling it “the happiest day of my life” during the award ceremony as he stood atop the championship podium with his teammates.
“It’s about damn time. It’s about damn time,” “It means everything,” James said moments after the win. “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about. I knew we had a bright future (in Miami). This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off.”