jimmythegreek Posts:12819 Followers:394
On 06/22/2012 11:43 AM in NBA


Lebron James scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 13 assists as the Miami Heat mauled the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 at the American Airlines Arena winning their second NBA Finals title 4-1. James was ready to go from the openign tip after suffering leg cramps at the end of game 4. He shot 9/19 (47%) overall and sunk 8/9 (89%) from the foul line notching his 9th postseason career triple double despite committing 6 turnovers. Chris Bosh added 24 along with 7 rebounds on 9/14 (64%) from the field and Dwayne Wade contributed 20 on 7/12 (58%) along with 8 boards. Mike Miller shot 7/11 (64%0 overall including 7/8 (88%) from 3 point range for 23 points off the bench and Shane Battier made key shot after key shot from beyond the arc with 11 points. The Heat shot 52% overall from the floor including tying a finals record with 14 3 pointers in 26 attempts (54%). Miami also sank 27/33 (82%) from the charity stripe, outrebounded the Thunder 41-38 and recorded 25 team assists, 7 by Mario Chalmers who also poured in 10 points. Kevin Durant led OKC with 32 points on 13/24 (54%) from the field along with 11 rebounds but committed 7 turnovers. Russell Westbrook added 19 off the bench but shot just 4/20 (20%) overall despite converting 11/13 (85%) from the foul line. James Harden also contributed 19 off the bench on 5/11 (46%) but up until last night could not put together a complete game. OKC shot just 41% including 11/28 (39%) from 3 point range and converted 23/26 (88%) from the free throw line. Wade skipped to each side of the court before the opening tip with arms up to pump up the fans, then James showed them nothing wrong with his legs, throwing down an emphatic fast-break dunk to open the scoring. He made consecutive baskets while being fouled, showing no expression after the second, as if he'd hardly even known he was hit. Drawing so much attention from the Thunder, he started finding his wide-open shooters, and the Heat built a nine-point lead before going to the second up 31-26. In the clincher it was Miller, banged up from so many injuries that he limped from the bench to scorer's table when he checked in. He made his fourth 3-pointer of the half right before James' fast-break basket capped a 15-2 run that extended Miami's lead to 53-36 with 4:42 remaining in the first half. Oklahoma City got back within five early in the third before consecutive 3-pointers by Chalmers and Battier triggered a 27-7 burst that made it 88-63 on another 3-pointer by Miller. James didn't even score in the run until it was almost over, hitting a pair of free throws after he was flagrantly fouled by Derek Fisher while powering toward the basket. James left the game along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for good with 3:01 remaining for a round of hugs and the start for a party he's been waiting for since arriving in the NBA out of high school as the No. 1 pick of the 2003 draft. James hopped up and down in the final minutes, shared a long hug with opponent Kevin Durant, and then smiled as he watched the confetti rain down from the rafters. He was a choker last year, the guy who came up small in the fourth quarter, mocked for "shrinking" in the moment while playing with what he called "hatred" in trying to prove his critics wrong. He came to Miami seeking an easier road to the finals but found it tougher than hoped, the Heat coming up empty last year and nearly getting knocked out in the Eastern Conference finals this time by Boston. Facing elimination there, James poured in 45 points on the road to force a Game 7 and the Heat won it at home. He found in Miami a team where he never had to do it alone, though he reminded everyone during this sensational postseason run that he still could when necessary. He got support whenever he needed it in this series, from Shane Battier's 17 points in Game 2 to Mario Chalmers' 25 in Game 4. The Thunder were making a remarkably early trip to the finals just three years after starting 3-29, beating the Mavericks, Lakers and Spurs along the way. With Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden all 23 or younger, the Thunder have the pieces in place for a lengthy stay atop the Western Conference. However their inexperience showed in this series, a few questionable decisions, possessions and outright mistakes costing them in their franchise's first finals appearance since Seattle lost to Chicago in 1996. Westbrook scored 19 but made only four of his 20 shots, unable to come up with anything close to his 43-point outing in Game 4, and Harden finished a miserable series with 19. James promised multiple titles at his welcoming party, and the Heat have three pieces to build around. Pat Riley will have to fill some holes on the roster, but will likely find some players eager to come to Miami for the good weather and great chance to win.

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aakj Posts:3420 Followers:15
06/22/2012 11:53 AM

congrats to miami