MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — The Heat and LeBron James are celebrating in high spirit here at the AmericanAirlines Arena after Miami defeated Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 to win the NBA championships in Game 5.
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The victory saw the Heat taking the series 4-1 – thus giving James his first ever NBA ring after several tries.
James finished with a big time triple double of 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the victory.
James said after the game that the defeat in the final last season to the Dallas Mavericks made him come back a more determined and “better person” in this campaign.
James, who average 28.6 points in the finals was named MVP of the finals. He was also the regular season MVP.
“This is the happiest day of my life,” said James, who scored 15 points and five rebounds in the first half.
The Heat overall performance was fantastic, especially from behind the arc, hitting 14 of 26 from three-point range.
Mike Miller was big time off the bench in his 23 minutes – scoring 23 points with 7 of 8 shooting from three-point range, while the ever supporting Dwyane Wade finished with 24 points and eight boards.
“I am speechless,” Wade said when asked about how he felt about winning another championships.
He added: “We had so much pain, so much hurt and so much embarrassment last season.”
Chris Bosh ended with 24 points and seven rebounds in the win for Miami.
“We came here to win a championship and we got it done,” Bosh said.
Kevin Durant was the leading man for the Oklahoma City Thunder with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook added 19 points in the defeat.
“I love the way of guys competed all,” a disappointed Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We got beaten by a better team.”
“It hurts,” a very emotional Durant said.