NBA Finals Game 5 Recap
After seven seasons in Cleveland, and two in Miami, LeBron James can now say he has earned an NBA championship ring. Behind his triple double of 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, the Heat beat Oklahoma City 121-106 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
It was a long wait for the Akron, OH native, but it was all well worth what James had imagined. Not only was it his first championship, but it was in front of the hometown fans of South Beach.
Miami was on fire throughout the game from beyond the arc. They tied an NBA Finals record with 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts. Mike Miller was 7 of 8 from downtown finishing with 23 points, while Shane Battier went 3 of 7 from beyond the arc posting 11 points.
Chris Bosh posted 24 points and seven rebounds, while Dwyane Wade finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.
After falling behind in the series 1-0 and winning the last three games, the Heat bolted out of the gate in game 5. Along with the three-point play from the Heat, they never looked back in this one. Oklahoma City cut the lead a few times during the night, but Miami was in total control throughout behind the fans at America Airlines Arena.
James was named the Finals MVP as expected.
"It's about damn time," James said on live television after he hoisted the NBA MVP trophy on when the clock struck zero. "It's the happiest day of my life and I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else in the world besides my teammates and these fans."
Dwyane Wade said he was speechless on his road to another ring.
"I've been through a lot in my professional life and this means so much more," Wade said. "We made a decision two years ago to become a team. You have to do what you have to do to reach your goal and it was to become a champion."
Oklahoma City fought tough through the series, but it was not meant to be. The Thunder fell behind numerous times in the series at the very start of games and chipped away in some of the games, but could not finish.
Tonight, Kevin Durant finished the game with 32 points and 11 rebounds, but turned the ball over seven times. Russell Westbrook and James Harden each had 20 points, but Westbrook was only 4 of 20 from the field.
As the paper fell to the floor and James held his hands in the air, the Heat now have a solid group of guys who learned how to play together. Two years ago Wade, James, and Bosh said they would not win one, or two, or five, or six titles jokingly. They have one together and the future lies ahead to see what can be done.
By: Tyler Scott
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