Miami Heat Win NBA Championship, LeBron Wins First Ring and Finals MVP
Game 5 of the NBA Finals was a must-win game for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. The Heat led the Finals series 3-1, meaning Miami was one win away from capturing their first NBA title since June 20, 2006. An even better story was, LeBron James was one win, 48 minutes away, from winning his first NBA championship. With their final game in Miami, LeBron, Wade and company try to close out the series at home and try to put an end to the NBA season.
Quick Breakdown of the Game
As predicted, LeBron James came out to start the first quarter strong. Durant did score nine points and grabbed two rebounds, but LeBron James was able to score seven points, grab three rebounds, and added on two assists. At the end of one, the Thunder trailed the Heat by five, 31-26. The second quarter was much better for Kevin Durant, but it was still the game for LeBron James. Durant scored five more points, grabbed four more rebounds, and he finally racked on some assists with two. LeBron, however, scored eight points, two rebounds, and three assists. At the end of two, Miami led Oklahoma City by 10, 59-49. The third quarter belonged to the Miami Heat, without a doubt. The Thunder tried to come back and pushed the Heat lead down to three, in the opening minutes of the quarter, but everything went wrong for the Thunder, while things went right for the Heat. The Heat seemed to be making every shot they took, getting every possible call, and the Thunder were missing a whole bunch of their shots. Durant did score 12 points. Chris Bosh emerged by totaling 22 points and seven rebounds, after three quarters. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Heat led the Thunder by 24, 95-71. With less than five minutes left to go, Scott Brooks conceded the title to Miami by taking out Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka. With a comfortable lead, coach Erik Spoelstra took out Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. The Miami Heat went on to win the game and have conquered this season and post-season. They were the last team standing after beating the Thunder by 15, 121-106.
Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Derek Fisher scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting. Russell Westbrook and James Harden scored 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Miami Heat Top Performers
Mario Chalmers scored 10 points on 3-6 shooting. Shane Battier scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting. Dwyane Wade recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Mike Miller scored 23 points on 7-8 shooting from the three-point line. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. LeBron James recorded a triple-double and won Finals MVP with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, as well as 1 steal and 2 blocks.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MIAMI HEAT!