James leads Heat to NBA title
LeBron James crowned his first NBA Championship with a triple-double as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
The Miami star was 9-of-19 from the floor for 26 points with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a complete performance.
In marked contrast to other games in the post season, all five Miami starters were in double figures and Mike Miller came off the bench for one of the all-time performances in Finals history hitting 7-of-8 from three-point range in a ridiculous example of the 'hot hand' scoring 23 points in 23 minutes.
Miller's long-range mastery allowed the Heat to hit 14-of-26 from down town for almost 54% as part of an overall shooting performance of 52% that brought the title to South Florida.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points and Russell Westbrook and James Harden each chipped in with 19 points, but the Thunder's starting five woes continued with Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha combining for just nine points.
Next week's NBA draft becomes crucial for the Thunder as they need to add at least one more starter to the Durant-Westbrook-Harden trio of stars.
But ultimately this Finals series was all about James. Widely ridiculed for 'The Decision' and his move to the Heat from the Cleveland Cavaliers in search of an NBA Championship, something James was convinced his hometown side could not deliver, King James has the ring he was searching for.
The USA are 1/100 to win the men's Olympic title in London this summer, with Spain 16/1 and China 10000/1.
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