Miami Heat wins 2012 NBA Championship title, beats OKC Thunder in Game 5 (121-106) in a 4-1 seriesBy Angel Cuala on Jun 22, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States •
Miami Heat beat Oklahoma City Thunder on their 2012 NBA Finals Game 5 on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida, and was declared the 2012 NBA champion, after winning four straight games and losing only Game 1 from the Thunder.
Miami Heat’s LeBron James (left) and Dwyane Wade,
celebrating during the last minutes of the 4th quarter
of 2012 NBA Finals Game 5, and later won the title.
Image Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
As featured at NBA on Thursday night, Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA Championship title and received their trophy, after beating OKC Thunder in Game 5 with a 15-point lead at 121-106. LeBron James made 26 points, followed by Chris Bosh with 24 points, Mike Miller had 23 points, and Dwyane Wade had 20.
For the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant made 32 points, while Russell Westbrook and James Harden had 19 points each, followed by Derek Fisher with 11 points, and Serge Ibaka had 9 points. The team had a lot of errors and had a low scoring percentage, as compared to Miami Heat.
Earlier in the series, the Heat won the last three Final games despite Thunder‘s Russell Westbrook making 43 big points in Game 4 last Tuesday and almost lost in Game 2 after Durant made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 2 at 98-96 in less than 30 seconds of the game. OKC won Game 1 with a lead of 11 points, 105-94.
During the first quarter of Game 5, Thunder‘s Kendrick Perkins helped Durant and Westbrook, while Heat‘s Shane Battier and Mike Miller, were seen as big support for James, Bosh, and Wade, who had already 2 personal fouls. The Heat led 7 points at 22-15 and ended the quarter with a 5-point lead, 31-26.
In the second quarter, Miami continues to play offensively while OKC was not able to gain momentum and had some errors, with Durant picking up his 2nd personal foul. Miller made his fourth 3-pointer and Mario Chalmers added help to the Heat, which had a 17-point lead at 53-36, ending the first half leading at 59-49.
In the third quarter, Oklahoma City Thunder made a short turning point after cutting the lead of Heat to 5 points at 59-54 in the earlier part; but Miami came in too strong through the combined efforts of their big 3 plus support from Battier, Chalmers, and Miller and ended the quarter with an astonishing lead of 24 points, 95-71.
For the fourth and final quarter, LeBron James, who later won the 2012 NBA Finals MVP, received a standing ovation after achieving his triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists with nearly 4 minutes left in the game as Miami Heat continues to punish Oklahoma City Thunder despite cutting down the lead to 20 points at one point.
In the last minutes of the game, Miami Heat‘s coach Erik Spoelstra was seen in all smiles while his players start to hug each and celebrate their winning of the 2012 NBA championship title, their second title after winning against the Dallas Mavericks in 2006.
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