Get ready to celebrate Miami, you’ve got some new World Champions in the mix. Last night the Heatnabbed their second NBA Finals victory, taking down the Oklahoma Thunder 121-106.
Clearly LeBron James was happy with the win. Not only did it give the NBA phenom his first championship ring (and an MVP title), it happened on his team’s home turf. Miami’s American Airlines Arena erupted in cheers once the final buzzer rang and we’re sure the celebrating will continue well into the weekend.
LeBron was definitely the star of the night, nabbing 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Interviewed after the game, he took a few moments to reflect on his career.
“I’m happy now that eight years later, nine years later since I’ve been drafted, that I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way,” James told reporters. “I didn’t shortcut anything. You know, I put a lot of hard work and dedication in it, and hard work pays off. It’s a great moment for myself.”
Truth be told, the Heat pretty took a dominant stance throughout the entire series. Though they lost that first battle in Oklahoma, they clinched Game 2 and never looked back. Last night’s Game 5 showdown had them on top for nearly all of the four quarters.
Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller also kicked butt on the court, with Wade scoring 20 points throughout the night. Three-pointers came fast and furious too, burying the Thunder by the fourth quarter. At one point, Miami had Oklahoma down by 27 points!
But the Thunder did make an admirable attempt and their superstar, Kevin Durant, proved his worth by scoring 32 points throughout the night. That wasn’t enough to extinguish the Heat though. And Dwayne, who played for the team when they won in 2006, seemed especially emotional when grabbing hold of the trophy.
“I’m speechless,” he told the crowd. “Winning the championship in 2006 was amazing. But I didn’t go through nothing yet. Now six years after that, I’ve been through a lot in my personal life, and I’ve been through a lot in my professional life, and this means so much more.”
By Michael Lopez