When LeBron James made The Decision, he promised titles. Not Finals appearances like last year’s beating by the Dallas Mavericks, but titles plural, and titles in multiple seasons. The journey to dominance begins with an initial NBA Championship. Last night, the Miami Heat coasted to an easy 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. More importantly, the Heat have bested the Thunder 4-1 to claim the Larry O’Brien trophy and the 2012 NBA Championship.
The team’s leader, fittingly, was LeBron James. James, who claims the Finals MVP in a winning effort, pulled down a triple double with 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. James became only the third player in NBA history after Larry Bird (1987) and Charles Barkley (1993) to score 600 points, 200 rebounds, and 100 assists in a single post-season. For a guy with a reputation as someone who wilts under pressure, LeBron sure can play some basketball when games matter.
“I’m so happy for him,” said James’ teammate Dwyane Wade, who contributed 20 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. ”I don’t know if I could be happy for another guy, another man, to succeed in life as I am for him. I know what he’s went through to get to this point, and I know when we got together a lot of people didn’t agree with it. We wanted to play together, because we knew we could help each other get what we want.”
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