The Miami Heat have been crowned 2012 NBA Champions after a dominating 121-106 at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
The win sealed a 4-1 series victory for Miami with LeBron James continuing his fine form with a 26 point, 13 assist and 11 rebound triple-double on a night where backup Mike Miller was a surprise hero with 23 points including seven three-pointers.
Unsurprisingly James was crowned NBA Finals MVP after a stunning series with US internationals Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also major contributors.
For James this was his first title after losing in the NBA Finals in 2007 (with Cleveland) and 2011 (with Miami). He said after the game: “Oh man, this right here is the happiest day of my life, and I wouldn’t spend it with nobody else in the world besides my teammates. This is a dream come true.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “We got knocked down to the canvas two or three times this playoff run, but the thing that matters, we got up and we kept on working.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said: “They (the Heat) did a fantastic job. Coach Spoelstra did a great job coaching that team. We ran into a team that was tough to beat tonight. But I thought they did a great job in the series.”
He added he was proud of his young team: “Unfortunately we didn’t accomplish our goal of winning the championship, but I thought we gave great effort all year long to put us in this position.”
Kevin Durant, the league leading scorer and Thunder star had 32 points and 11 rebounds in the game and the 23-year-old said afterwards: “It hurts. It hurts, man. We’re all brothers on this team and it just hurts to go out like this. We made it to The Finals which is cool for us, but we didn’t want to just make it there. Unfortunately we lost, so it’s tough. But as a whole, I’m proud of the guys on how we fought all season.”
This was just the second time the Heat have won the title. Dwyane Wade was crowned Finals MVP when they beat the Dallas Mavericks in 2006. LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in Miami in 2010 but the Dallas Mavericks beat the Heat in last year’s NBA Finals.
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