USA won the gold (London 2012 Men’s Basketball)

London Olympics 2012 Men’s Basketball finals is like just the ordinary NBA finals. With both teams led by NBA superstars, watching it, is akin to watching an NBA finals. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James led the USA squad while Spain have the NBA siblings Pau and Marc Gasol with Rudy Fernandez.

It was a close game from the start. USA led 8 points in the 1st quarter at 35-27. During the end of the first half Spain get more closer and cut the lead to a point at 59-58. Spain even outscored USA in 2nd quarter, scoring 31 over USA’s 24.

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Miami Heat won its 2nd NBA Championship Title (NBA Finals 2012)

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

Miami 1 win away from the Championship (NBA Finals)

It looks like LeBron James will finally capture that elusive NBA championship ring this time. After winning their game 4 in their home court in Miami, the Heat is now 1 win away in winning this years title. It was another trailing game for Miami as OKC led by double digits on the 1st half. Heat bounced back in the latter part of the 4th to finish the game at 104-98.

Oklahoma slightly led in field goals at 48.8% compared to Heat’s 48.1%. They also led in terms of free throw shooting with 93.8 % and Heat only at 72.0%. But Miami beats the Thunder in the 3-point area, shooting 38.5% compared to 18.8 %.

LeBron James again led the Heat with his 26 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Other 3 first fives who also scored in doubles are Mario Chalmers with 25, Dwayne Wade also with 25 and Chris Bosch with 13. It was a stellar game for Chalmers capping his post-season high.

Meanwhile it should have been a great opportunity for Thunder to tie the series only if Russel Westbrook gets the help he needs. Westbrook was too hot to handle in this game getiing his game high scoring at 43 points with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Among the first 5 it was only Kevin Durant who also scored in doubles at 28 points while others remained in below 10 scores.

“It’s not disappointing, it just happens that way. Russell had a great game. We were going. We were going with him and he was making terrific plays at the basket. … Like I said, unfortunately we didn’t make a couple plays down the stretch that we could have won the game.” – Thunder coach Scott Brooks

Now that Miami leads the series 3-1 and game 5 is still scheduled to be in their home court in American Airlines Arena on Thursday, June 21 (Friday morning in Manila), it is expected that LeBron and the rest of Heat will finish it off. But with the caliber of Durant and Westbrook expect a total war on Thursday because I’m sure they will work double time to win that game and extend the series to least one more game.

Miami Heat edges the Thunder, leads the series 2-1 (NBA Finals)

Miami Heat now sealed half of their assignment to win this year’s NBA Finals as they won the Game 3 against Oklahoma City Thunder in American Airlines Arena in Miami. LeBron James led again the Heat to win this game 91-85 and gaining the series lead 2-1.

It may not be a great night for the Heat main man James but it was also an unlucky night for Kevin Durant. Durant suffered foul troubles in the 3rd which led him to the bench. That instance was used by the Heat to get back on the game after trailing to a double digit lead by the Thunder. Durant scored 25 points in the game with 6 rebounds and 0 assist. Meanwhile, James had 29 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists, followed by Wade with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Chris Bosch with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

It was not a good night for Heat’s shooting but they’ve filled it up through their defensive stops and rebounds. Free throw shooting also favored the Heat as they shot 31 of their 35 compared to Oklahoma’s 15 out of 24 free throws. Russel Westbrook also wasn’t a big help for the Thunder in this game contributing only 19 points.

Game 4 will be on Tuesday, June 19 (Wednesday morning in Manila) again in Miami.

Miami Heat tied the series 1-1 (NBA Finals)

After a heart-breaking loss in Game 1, Miami Heat bounced back in Game 2 to win the game 100-96. With this win Miami tied their best of seven series 1-1 against the Oklahoma Thunders.

It was an all-night Heat controlled ball game as they managed to pull away early on. Four of their first 5 players scored double digits led by LeBron James with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Chris Bosch also came up with a big game especially in rebounding where he got 15 (7 offensive and 8 defensive) rebounds and contributing 16 points and 1 assists. Shane Battier also had a blast with 17 points, 15 coming from 3 point baskets.

“I knew we needed more of Chris Bosh … he was sensational. We needed every bit of his “big” tonight and that’s what we got. He gave us a lot in the paint and we need that again and again and again.” said by Miami Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra

Although the Thunder managed to rally on the 4th and almost tied the game, maybe it’s not the night for Kevin Durant and his team as he missed his shot seconds before the game ends. Durant collected a total of 32 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Russel Westbrook who had a not so good start on early quarters bounced back towards the end to finish the game with 27 points , 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Other starting 5 scored in single digits.

With the series tied 1 a piece, expect Game 3 to be another war. And since Miami will be playing in their home court, Oklahoma should work harder in and outside the paint to win that game. Am sure Miami will not give the Thunder easy basket especially that they have the backing of home crowd.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals will be on Sunday, June 17 (Monday morning in Manila) at the American Airlines Area in Miami.

OKC Thunders wins Game 1 In Their 1st Ever NBA Finals

It was a came from behind win for Kevin Durant and the rest of Oklahoma City Thunders as they trailed Miami Heat until the last quarter to win their first NBA Finals game at 105-94.

Despite playing in front of their home crowd, Thunders seemed overpowered by the power trio of the Miami Heat early-on in the game. Miami enjoyed double digit deficit in the 1st half. Thunders tried to rally in the 3rd to tie the game at 60 point but Miami’s LeBron James was unstoppable to get back their lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

But the All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t disappoint their home crowd when they managed to pull away in the last quarter. It was a Durant show in the 4th quarter scoring 17 points of his total 36 points in the game with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Westbrook also showed great play with his 27 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists.

Meanwhile Miami Heat was top scored by LeBron James collecting 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, Wade with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bosh also contributed 10 points, Battier with 17 and Chalmers 12 points.

Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks on their win today said “We showed a lot of toughness in the second half, but we’ve just won one game. K.D. (Durant) is a terrific player but he’s special because he defends. In our huddles it’s all about defense.”

Oklahoma now leads the series 1-0 and their hoping to win another game on Thursday also at Oklahoma for their Game 2. It they win again it will be a another hard challenge for LeBron and the Miami to win the finals as the stats says 72.7 percent of the time, the team who wins the 1st game will win the championship. Well let’s just see who among Durant or James will be sporting their first ever NBA championship ring.

Miami Heat survived Game7, moves to the Finals

It’s final, Oklahoma City Thunder will go against Miami Heat in this year’s NBA finals. After trailing to Boston Celtics in the early rounds, LeBron James led Heat bounced back to capture the Eastern Conference Finals Title.

The Celtics started it good creating lead that frightened the home crowd for a possible upset. But they weren’t able to hold it till the end as Miami bounced back to even the game and started to pull away. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with his 22 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. Paul Pierce also contributed nice points with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assists. But Heat’s player are totally hot in this game especially their 3 main man, Jamess, Wade and Bosch who all scored in double digits. James had 31 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists, Wade contributed 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosch scored 19 points and 8 rebounds.

The game ended at 101-88 giving Miami Heat its ticket to the finals. Quoting reaction from Miami’s head coach Erik Spoelstra, he said “I guess that’s what a seven-game Eastern Conference series is supposed to be like. It was good to see us come together in a very competitive series.”

Miami Heat on its 2nd year row will be competing in the finals and this time against Kevin Durant and the energetic Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be an interesting match between Durant and James who will be competing for their first ever NBA championship ring. To whom it will go, let’s just wait and see.

Game 1 of the NBA finals is scheduled on Tuesday, June 1 (Wednesday morning Manila time) at Oklahoma City.

OKC Thunder gets the Western Conference Championship, moves to NBA Finals

After leading at the first half, I thought the Spurs can salvage this game to extend their series to a do or die game 7. But the Thunders, in front of their home crowd proved that young bloods lasted longer than the experienced.

It was in the 2nd half that Durant led Thunder attacked the basket to close the gap. After trailing as much as 18 points lead by the Spurs, Thunder bounced back with the help of their duo Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook. Durant contributed 34 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Oklahoma’s 107-99 win. Westbrook on the other hand produces 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

On the part of Spurs, it was Tony Parker and Tim Duncan who contributed the most. Parker scored 29 points with 12 assists and 3 rebounds. Duncan who also had a great games posted 25 points, 2 assists and 14 rebounds. Stephen Jackson’s great 3 point shooting also helped Spurs in preventing OKC to pull away further. He contributed 23 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.

Now that OKC Thunder already moved to the finals, they will just have to wait for the result of Miami Heat and Boston Celtics Game 6. Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 is scheduled on Thursday (Friday morning in Manila) in Boston.

If Boston win, NBA finals will be a battle between NBA Finals 1st timer Oklahoma against the experienced and championship hungry Boston. If it will going to be Miami, then it will a battle between 2 NBA young stars Kevin Durant and LeBron James for their 1st ever NBA Championship Ring. NBA Finals Game 1 is schedule to be on Tuesday June 12 (Wednesday morning in Manila).