The Miami Heat won the NBA Championship for the second time in their history, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to clinch the series 4-1.
LeBron James finally got the title that had eluded him in two previous Finals appearances , grabbing 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists and securing the Most Valuable Player award.
“It’s about damn time,” he grinned.
Finally, the promise was delivered.
“It means everything,” James added.
Mike Miller came off the bench to hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the opening two periods and Miami used a 19-4 run to take a 59-48 at half-time
They quickly extended the gap beyond repair, moving 95-71 in front entering the fourth quarter.
It was game over. The title was decided.
Kevin Durant, had 32 points and 11 rebounds for OKC. But defeat was hard to take.
“It hurts. It hurts, man,” he said.
“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.”
“I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about. I knew we had a bright future. This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off.”
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