LeBron Gets His Ring as Miami Heat Routs Thunder

LeBron James is king of Miami's 121-106 win over Oklahoma
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2012 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – LeBron James was king of the court last night as the forward finally made good on his promise to bring an NBA championship to Miami. The Heat suffocated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5. LeBron was the star, chalking up a triple-double in 44 minutes, with 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. The Heat led by 24 points after three quarters, and never looked back, notes the Wall Street Journal. "It’s about damn time," James said during the trophy presentation, calling it "the happiest day in my life" and "a dream come true." James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in the series, and was named the most valuable player by a unanimous vote.

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Chris Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors as a free agent two summers ago to join LeBron and Dwyane Wade, added 24 points to last night's game while Wade scored 20. Mike Miller, suffering from a serious back injury that could end his career, scored 23 points and nailed 7 of 8 three-pointers, reports the New York Daily News. James' disappointing history as the antihero of the ESPN special The Decision, when he made his painful announcement he was leaving Ohio for Miami, his flawed role in last year's finals, and his inability to deliver a championship to his Cleveland hometown was blown away in Game 5. Now, "the greatest NBA player" without a championship ring "will soon have one," notes the New York Times. (Read more Miami Heat stories.)

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