The plan conceived in the Summer of 2010, that LeBron James and Chris Bosh would leave their teams to join Dwyane Wade in South Beach to pursue an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat came to fruition on Thursday night, as the Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the NBA Finals, by a lopsided score of 121-106 to win the Championship round 4-1. It was redemption for the Heat players as they were on a mission to win this year’s Finals, from the moment they lost the series to the Dallas Mavericks.
Heat All-Star forward James, was awarded the NBA Finals MVP trophy, as he racked up a triple-double in the contest with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the way for his team. It was by far the strongest game Miami had in the series as they shot 51.9% (40-77) from the floor and a scorching 53.8% (14-26) from outside the arc.
Miami had six players score in double-digits for the night as Chris Bosh knocked down 24 points while Mike Miller came off the bench with his outside stroke in fine shape, as he went 7-8 from three-point range and ended the night with 23 points. Dwyane Wade scored 20 points in the Championship clinching contest while Shane Battier added 11 points and Mario Chalmers chipped in 10 more in the victory.
Oklahoma City, after winning the first game of the match-up, then losing the next three games to their opponents by a total of 16 points, was never a factor in game five. They would trail the Heat by five points at the conclusion of the first period, would be down ten points at the half and finished the third deep in the hole with Miami on top 95-71.
Kevin Durant notched a double-double including a game high 32 points while Russell Westbrook and James Harden each scored 19 points in their final game of the season. Derek Fisher came off the bench and had 11 points, he was the only other Thunder player to score in double-digits for the night.
Regular readers of these pages, are well aware of how hard I have come down James for leaving Cleveland, as well the way the Heat have conducted themselves in certain situations over the last two years. This is not the time for that, there will be plenty of opportunities to dissect this series, as well as Miami’s path to it later this summer. Right now is the opportunity to congratulate the Miami Heat for being the best team in the Association this season.