LeBron James made it, an NBA championship ring on his finger.
After their frustrating loss in last year’s NBA Finals, Miami Heat finally got what they want and they’ve got it big this time. Winning today’s game 5 in a whopping 121-106 score debunks all hesitations and doubts to their ability to win a title. This is the 2nd NBA title of the Miami Heat in its entire NBA history.
The Heat led in almost all aspect of the game edging the Thunder in terms of field goals, 3 point shooting and rebounding. Heat averaged 51.9% field goals inside the paint and 53.8% in the 3-point line while OKC got only 41.4% and 39.3% respectively. In terms of rebounding Heat had a total of 41 rebound compared to Thunder’s 38. They also outnumbered OKC in the assist department getting 25 against 19 of the latter. The only stats that Thunder won was in the free throw line, they got 88.5% as opposed to Heat’s 81.8%.
Miami’s win was led by James’ triple double production. He had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists which was considered as an exemplary performance giving him the MVP title of the this Finals Season. The other 2 of the big 3 also scored big points this game which helped to boost they’re commanding lead. D. Wade scored 20 points while Chris Bosch got 24 points. But it was the lucky Mike Miller that gave them tonight’s fortune. Miller hits 7 out of 8, 3 point shots which also gave him post-season high of 23 points off the bench.
Meanwhile for the Thunder, it was again Kevin Durant who led the team with his 32 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists followed by his tag team Russel Westbrook with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. The Thunder seemed overpowered from the very start. Although there are some stops that they did to close the gap there are wasted opportunities that gave way for the Heat to again pull away. Maybe it was really not yet time for their team to get the title this time considering they are still a young team with no prior championship experience. But with what they have showed, they are still a force to recon with in the future NBA finals game if ever.
“It hurts. It hard, man. We’re all brothers on this team, and it just hurt to go out like this. We made it to the Finals, which was cool for us but we didn’t just want to make it there. Unfortunately, we lost, so it’s tough.” — said Kevin Durant
I think it was a case of who wants it more and who’s more hungry for the ring and the title and maybe it’s the Heat. With their experience last year, loosing the championship in front of their home crowd was a humbling experience that teaches them to work hard and reverse what had happened. And finally they have it.
With this win, Heat’s head coach Erik Spoelstra made a history to be the first Filipino-American to win an NBA title. He was also at this moment last year but felt short, but now it finally fall into place.
“We remember last year, we wanted to make up for last year. We had confidence in what we could do.” – Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra
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