Miami and its trio of stars claims its first title together after blowing out Oklahoma City in Game 5. LeBron James is named MVP of the Finals after finishing with a triple double, his second of the series.
What will the naysayers say now? The Miami Heat is at the top of the NBA world once again, but most importantly, LeBron James can officially own his King James moniker.
After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, James has silenced critics.
How can anybody argue? James finished with a triple double in the clinching game — 26 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists — and helped turn a close contest into a blowout. The King (yes, it’s official now) also added two blocks and a steal for good measure.
He was named MVP of the NBA Finals after averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists in five games. James was just the seventh player in NBA history to have at least two triple doubles in a Final series.
After the game, ESPN’s Stuart Scott asked James what he was thinking as the clock hit all zeroes.
“It’s about damn time,” James responded.
LeBron James had a triple double in Game 5. The King was named MVP of the NBA Finals. His Game 5 statistics:
It wasn’t just a dominant effort from James that sealed the victory. Dwyane Wade had 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The third member of the Big Three, Chris Bosh, added 24 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Heat had six players in double figures with swingman Mike Miller coming off the bench to bomb seven of eight three pointers. Miller finished with 23 points.
Oklahoma City was led by Kevin Durant’s 32 points and 11 rebounds. Durant had seven turnovers, however. Russell Westbrook and James Harden each had 19 points. Westbrook wasn’t nearly as effective as his 43-point effort in Game 4.
The Thunder was a game team all series long, however, Game 5 got out of control in the third quarter. Miami outscored OKC 36-22 in the third period, extending its lead to as much as 27 points in the second half.
Miami lost Game 1 of the Finals at Oklahoma City just two days after winning the Eastern Conference at home in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. The Heat became just the third team in NBA history to win all three home games of the Finals, joining the 2004 Detroit Pistons and the 2006 Heat.
As the seconds ticked down to the end of the game, James hugged teammates, coaches and Heat staffers. Forward Udonis Haslem dumped Gatorade on Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra. The uncharacteristically loud Miami fans celebrated the second championship in the franchises history.
And the biggest storyline was that King James had finally been crowned.