LeBron James goes up for a Dunk in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Photo from NBA’s official Facebook page.
MANILA, Philippines – Miami Heat takes down Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their best of 7 Finals series, 121-106, to win the 2012 NBA Championship.
LeBron James put on a dominating performance scoring 26 points, dishing out 13 assists and hauling down 11 rebounds. He is the first player since Magic Johnson to record a triple-double twice in a Finals series.
LeBron was also named the Finals MVP. He is the first player to get both the Season MVP and Finals MVP since San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan in 2003.
LeBron James with his Finals MVP trophy. Photo taken from NBA’s official Twitter account.
The Rest of Miami’s Big 3 also contributed. Dwyane Wade finished the game with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while Chris Bosh scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer, and collected 7 rebounds.
Miami’s 3-point shooters were on target in the clincher hitting 14 out of 26 3-pointers for a 54% shooting clip. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers who were instrumental in the Heat’s victories in the Finals hit 5 of the 14 3-pointers.
3-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant lead all scorers with 32 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook who erupted for 43 points in Game 4 scored only 19 on 4 out of 20 shooting in the field.
6th Man of the year James Harden, who was struggling in the series, played a decent game scoring 19 points on 5 out of 11 shooting to go along with 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
Heat led Thunder by 10 at halftime, 59-49. Miami led early on and stayed aggressive all game.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is the first ever Filipino-American headcoach to win an NBA title.
Heat’s Mike Miller who’s been virtually absent all series long decides to make an impact in the Finals clincher knocking down 4 out 4 3-pointers in the first half. He finished the game with 23 points on 7 out of 8 shooting from downtown.
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