“It’s about damn time. It’s about damn time,” said now NBA champ LeBron James.
It was a bumpy ride to South Beach but in the end LeBron James made the right decision. Arguably one of the NBAs most scrutinized players in league history, LeBron silenced all naysayers when he led the Miami Heat to a 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the 2012 NBA championship in a crushing 4-1 series.
Lebron led all scorers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists clinching his first NBA title. After hoisting up the Larry O’ Brien trophy ’Bron ’Bron was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
“It means everything,” said James after the win. “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about … I knew we had a bright future (in Miami). This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off.”
Two years after the highly criticized Big Three were assembled the collective delivered on their promise to deliver an NBA title to the city of Miami. After a stinging defeat to the Dallas Mavericks last year in the Finals the Heat vowed to return for another crack at the crown.
Showing a tremendous amount of class and pride, an emotional Oklahoma City Thunder individually congratulated the Miami Heat seconds after the final buzzer sounded off. Kevin Durant led OKC with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Russell Westbrook and James Harden provided minimal assistance in what turned out to be a blowout win for the Heat.
Only three men in the NBA Finals have led their team in points, rebounds and assists. Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan and now, LeBron James.
Congratulations to the Miami Heat.