You might not like him, but after his performance this postseason and especially in the Finals even the biggest hater has to respect him.
Of course we’re talking bout Lebron James, the man whose move to Miami from Cleveland has been scrutinized from day one.
James led the Heat to a Game 5 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to bring the title to Miami.
On the biggest night of his young career, James delivered a triple-double, scoring 26 points with 13 assists and 11 rebounds to lock up his first Finals MVP award.
Eight of his 13 assists were converted for 3-pointers. The Heat shot a mind-boggling 14 of 25 from downtown, tying the record for 3-pointers in a Finals game.
“It means everything,” James said moments after the win. “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about … I knew we had a bright future (in Miami). This is a dream come true for me. This is definitely when it pays off.”
Wade scored 20 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. Bosh notched 24 points and 7 rebounds. But while the Big Three put up big numbers as usual, so did their supporting cast, combining for 51 points.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Heat, including 23 points from Mike Miller. Still dealing with back issues, Miller hit 7 of 8 3-pointers after missing all three of his 3-point attempts in Games 1-4. No one has ever hit as many threes coming off the bench in a Finals game. Shane Battier scored 11, and Mario Chalmers scored 10.
“Thank you for your patience,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told the home crowd while the team was accepting the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the game. “We remember last year, we wanted to make up for it.”
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and 11 rebounds, but could not pull his team to victory. Russell Westbrook followed up his 43-point Game 4 performance with a disappointing outing, scoring 19 points on 4 of 20 shooting.