MIAMI: The Miami Heat clinched their second NBA title by routing Oklahoma City 121-106 on Thursday thanks to a balanced offensive attack and 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds from superstar LeBron James.
James was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals after leading the Heat to the crown, capturing his long-sought first championship and delivering on the promise he made to Heat fans when he came to Miami two years ago.
Mike Miller came off the bench to sink 7-of-8 shots from 3-point range and finish with 23 points while Chris Bosh added 24 points for the Heat, who won the best-of-seven series in five games to claim their first title since 2006.
This was James’ third trip to the NBA Finals, including one with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his first title in his nine years in the NBA. Miami used impressive 3-point shooting, hitting 14-of-26 from beyond the arc as a team in front of a sold out crowd of 20,003 at American Airlines Arena.
The Heat also shot 58 per cent from the field in the first quarter and never eased up on the Thunder, opening a huge lead with a explosive third quarter, outscoring Oklahoma City 36-22.
Three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds.