LeBron James’s decision has finally paid off. After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121 to 106 The Miami Heat are the 2012 NBA Champions. This the second championship in six years for The Heat, who won their first title in 2006.
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LeBron was awarded series MVP honors and in the final game “The King” had an impressive triple-double, notching 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. But the other story of the night was the superior play of Mike Miller, who went 7 of 8 from 3 point land and finishing with 23 points of his own.
Two years after his controversial departure from the Cavaliers, and nine years after entering the league, LeBron finally has the “no ring” monkey off his back.
“It means everything,” James said moments before being named the playoffs MVP to go along with his regular-season award. “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.”
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who cursed LeBron when he left the team by saying he wouldn’t win a championship before Cleveland, was gracious but reserved in his comments on Twitter, congratulating The Heat.
“Great NBA season. Enjoyed playoffs. Congratulations to Miami & OKC for an exciting Finals. Back to work on next weeks promising Cavs draft,” @CavsDan tweeted.
Great NBA season. Enjoyed playoffs. Congratulations to Miami & OKC for an exciting Finals. Back to work on next weeks promising Cavs draft.—
Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 22, 2012
Kevin Durant was a superstar for The Thunder scoring 32 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, but he didn’t get much help from the rest of his team. Russell Westbrook was held to 19 points on 4 of 20 shooting after going off for 43 in game four. James Harden had 19 as well.
TheUrbanDaily predicted The Heat in seven games, but after handing OKC their first four game losing streak all year The Heat got the job done in five.
The Heat have several first-time champions including 39-year-old Juwan Howard, the last of Michigan’s Fab Five still active in the league and the only one to win an NBA Championship.
The next stop for LeBron is the 2012 Olympics to play for Team USA Basketball and competing for a Gold medal. James was part of the Gold Medal team in 2008.
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