LeBron James and the Miami Heat seal the NBA title at
MVP - LeBron James, who says today is the happiest day of his life (TEAR), is crowned the finals MVP and is handed the Bill Russell trophy. You might not like him but his numbers say it all over the five matches - 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Champion stuff from a true superstar. Well that's it from us..... Stay tuned for a full match report, reaction and a news track from ONE News at 6pm.
Q4 Miami 121-106 OKC - "It means everything, I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland......" LeBron James tells the world.
So the BIG THREE, hated by most of the basketball world, have done what they promised to do and that is delivering a championship! LBJ, perhaps the most hated athlete in America, put in an MVP performance with 26 points-13 assists- and 11 rebounds. He will surely be lifting two trophies now. Wade gets his second ring and let's not forget Bosh, who had 24 points, and Miller who had 23 off the bench. Six Heat players hit double figues in fact! Durant was in tears as he walked off the court but he will be back and so will OKC if they can keep their roster together.
0.0 And it's over - LEBRON gets a ring on it! Nice touch as LeBron embraces with Durant.
0.55 Ivey makes a three and the Cook a jump shot for OKC but the most interesting stuff is happening off-court. Miami 120-104
1.29 Harris sinks both free-throws. LBJ, Wade and Bosh are hugging it out by the bench. KD is in tears nearly. Miami 120-96
2.49 Ivey sinks a trey but it doesn't matter. Miami 118-99
3.05 James makes his final lay-up (26 points ) and gets a standing ovation as he walks off court. MVP chants echo around the crowd. Miami 118-96
3.29 Bosh and Harden trade jump shots. Miami 116-96
4.16 Wade goes to the line and sinks 2/2. Miami 114-92
4.38 Harden drains another three but it is all academic. Miami 112-92
4.49 JAMES PULLS DOWN HIS 10TH BOARD AND HE NOW HAS A TRIPLE-DOUBLE (23-13-10) - Miami 112-89
6.20 Harden sinks a trey and he has 14 points but it is too late. Miami 110-89
6.58 Wade sent to the line and sinks 1/2. Miami 109-86
7.25 Wade jump shot made. He has 17 points. Miami 108-86
7.58 Durant makes a jump shot and Miami call a timeout. OKC have cut the lead back to 20. Miami 106-86
8.30 Wade is called for goaltending and Durant now has 30 points. Miami 106-84
8.58 Haslem sent to line and he makes no mistake with both shots. Miami 106-82
9.18 Fisher sinks a three from the corner. Miami 104-82
9:33 James sent to the line and he hits 1/2. LBJ now has 20 points. Miami 104-79
9.49 Wade drives for a dunk from a nice LBJ pass. LeBron now has 13 assists. Miami 103-79
10:11 Durant sinks both free-throws (he now has 28 points). Miami 101-79
10:56 OMG Millers hits another shot from beyond the arc. He now has seven threes. The finals record is Ray Allen with eight. Miami 101-74
11:20 Fisher responds with his own trey. Miami 98-74
11.39 Miller sinks his sixth three. Miami 98-71
Q3 Miami 95-71 OKC
What an offensive explosion from Miami in the third. An all-round master class from pretty much the whole roster has surely sealed LeBron's first NBA championship. Bosh has 22 points, LBJ 19 and Charlmers 17. OKC meanwhile look deflated and rightfully so.
0:05 Westbrook sinks one free-throw. Quarter all but done. Miami 94-71
0.42 Miller is sent to the line and he sinks 2/2. Miami 94-70
1.13 Durant drains a three but he looks visably frustrated and who could blame him? Miami 93-70
1.23 Wade makes a magical lay-up for a three-point play. Crowd going crazy. Miami 93-67
1.55 Westbrook stops the rut with a driving lay-up.
2.27 Bosh dunks home and he now has 22 points. Miami 90-63
3.01 Now Miller makes a trey. Ridiculous! Miami 88-63
3.29 Bosh 2.27sinks a three (of course he does!) and Miami are white HOT. Miami 85-63
3.55 James driving lay-up made. He now has 19 points and that is the biggest lead of the night. Miami 82-63 OKC Timeout.
4.43 From the resulting possession Wade is fouled and he hits one free-throws. Miami 80-63
4.46 James is hit hard by Fisher in a flagrant foul. He sinks both shots. Miami 79-63
5.25 Harden is called for a blocking foul on Bosh. The big man sinks both of them. Miami 77-63
6.32 Bosh drives to the hoop and is hit as he sinks the lay-up. Three-point play successful. Miami 75-63
6.46 Westbrook goes to the line but can only sink one. Miami 72-63
7.01 Miami lighting up from downtown (10/17) as Battier sinks another trey. Miami 72-62.
7:27 Durant stepping up now.. Nails a jump shot from 10 feet. He now has 21 points. Miami 69-62. Team timeout.
8.02 Harden forces turnover and sets-up Durant for an alley-opp dunk. Miami 69-60
8.48 Charlmers sinks another big jump shot, he has 10 points now. Miami 69-58
9:19 Westbrook comes out from the timeout and glides down the lane for a nice half dunk. Miami 67-58
9:32 And Miami are hot now as Battier drains another three. Miami 67-56. OKC Timeout.
10:10 Chalmers makes big three-pointer. Miami 64-56
10:40 Ibaka slams home. Miami 61-56
11:04 Miami on the board in the quarter through Bosh. Miami 61-54
11:12 Ibaka gets two freebies and OKC coming back. Miami 59-54
11:46 Durant drains a three to start the quarter. Leads all scorers with 17 points. Miami 59-52
Q2 Miami 59-49 OKC
After the first half Oklahoma are lucky to be back by only 10. The Heat have been phenomenal, killing the Thunder with the three ball. All that's keeping the visitors is their ability to get to the line and make free throws where they are 17/18. LeBron James leads all scorers with 15 points. Kevin Durant has 14 for OKC.
0:00 Ibaka misses a jumper on the buzzer.
0:48 Durant banks in a jumper. Miami 59-49
1:10 James makes a nice fadeaway jumper. Miami 59-47 OKC
1:24 Nice pass from Durant finds Ibaka on the inside who finishes. Miami 57-47 OKC
2:00 Perkins is whistled for an offensive foul, his third personal of the night. The Heat call timeout. Miami 57-45 OKC
2:10 Durant makes a three he has 12 for the half. Miami 57-45 OKC
2:38 Battier makes a layup off the drive for the Heat. Miami 57-42 OKC
3:06 Westbrook gets back to the line. He almost finished the shot, but makes both at the line. Miami 55-42 OKC
3:18 LeBron is fouled by Perkins and makes both free throws. Miami 55-40 OKC
3:53 Harden is fouled again as he tries to get to the basket. Again he makes both free throws. Miami 53-40 OKC
4:17 Harden makes a pair for free throws to stop the bleeding . Miami 53-38 OKC
4:31 LeBron with a lay-up in transition and the Heat are all over this at the moment. Miami 53-36 OKC
4:56 Yet another three for Miller! Miami 51-36 OKC
5:25 Battier draws an offensive foul from Westbrook. Miami 48-36 OKC
5:46 Bosh makes a jumper to give the Heat their largest lead of the night. Brooks has to call another time out. Miami 48-36 OKC
6:30 Chalmers makes another three. The Heat are shooting 60% from beyond the arc. Miami 46-36 OKC
6:47 Harden is fouled and makes two free throws. Miami 43-36 OKC
6:56 LeBron goes to the rim against some weak defence and finishes for his first points of the second quarter. Miami 43-34 OKC
7:29 Chris Bosh scores off a strong move, finishing the lay-up. Miami 41-34 OKC
8:01 Wade gets himself to the charity dtripe, but splits the free throws. Miami 39-34 OKC
8:15 LeBron blocks a Durant jumper. Miami 38-34 OKC
8:35 Fisher gets a friendly bounce and makes a two pint jumper. Miami 38-34 OKC
9:24 Wade makes a nice contested jumper from beyond the free throw line. Miami 38-32 OKC
10:00 Wade flies in for a putback dunk off a Cole miss after Westbrook missed a dunk at the other end. Miami 36-32 OKC
10:49 Derek Fisher answers the Miller three with one of his own. Miami 34-32 OKC
11:07 Miller makes his third three of the night. He was wide open out there. Miami 34-29 OKC
11:42 Westbrook converts a three point play to start the quarter. That's his seventh trip to the line. Miami 31-29 OKC
Q1 Miami 31-26 OKC
That was the Heat's quarter as they shot the ball well, at one stage making nine shots in a row. Howeve despite shooting poorly OKC have done enough to stay in it. Durant and Westbrook are doing their jobs with nine and points respectively.
0:00 James misses the buzzer beating
0:14 Huge dunk from Durant. He caught the ball outside the three point line and drove straight to the basket to dunk over Haslem. Miami 31-26 OKC
0:52 Westbrook makes two free throws. Miami 31-24 OKC
0:52 Cole makes a three pointer for the Heat. Miami 31-22 OKC
1:13 Beautiful defending from Norris Cole as he draws a charge on James Harden. Miami 28-22 OKC
1:41 Durant finishes a three point play. Miami 28-22 OKC
1:50 Another three pointer for Miller who is on fire off the bench. Miami 28-19 OKC
2:05 Collison knocks in a tip in. Miami 25-19 OKC
2:41 Mike Miller hits a three for the Heat. Miami 25-17 OKC
3:03 Strong move from Harden as he drives hard to the basket and finishes. Miami 22-17 OKC
3:23 Jump ball in centre court after Westbrook's three gets stuck on the rim. Miami 22-15 OKC
3:37 Bosh fakes and blows by Perkins for an easy dunk on the inside. That's seven straight made shots for the Heat and Thunder coach Scott Brooks calls time out. Miami 22-15 OKC
4:01 Ibaka is fouled and splits the free throws. Miami 20-15 OKC
4:17 Bosh shoots over Ibaka for his first field goal. Miami 20-14 OKC
4:25 Westbrook sets up Perkins for the hook shot. Miami 18-14 OKC
4:55 Wade makes a contested jumper. Miami 18-12 OKC
5:41 Again Durant posts up on LeBron, catches it in a good position and drives to the basket to throw it down. Miami 18-10 OKC
5:56 LBJ does it again. This time's the foul's on Ibaka and LeBron will try and convert another three point play to make it an 11-2 run in the last two minutes. Miami 16-10 OKC
6:22 LeBron James draws a foul from Sefolosha and converts a three point play. Miami 14-10 OKC
6:38 Westbrook continues his good start to the game with two more free throws. Miami 11-10 OKC
7:07 Wade finishes a sensational alley oop in transition after a Battier 3. Miami 11-8 OKC
7:43 Bosh fouls Westbrook driving to the basket. Westbrook knocks down the free throws. Miami 6-8 OKC
7:54 Chalmers makes two fee throws. Miami 6-6 OKC
8:00 Durant hits his first field goal of the night. Gets the ball in a good position and steps bak to shoot over LeBron. Miami 4-6 OKC
8:29 Chris Bosh is fouled and makes a pair of free throws. Miami 4-4 OKC
8:44 Nice feed to Ibaka on the inside from Westbrook who gets the two. Miami 2-4 OKC
9:50 Westbrook finally gets the Thunder's first points of the night with a wee jumper. Miami 2-2 OKC
10:35 Serge Ibaka gets his first blockof the night as he stops Bosh going to the basket. Wade fouls Durant at the other end. Miami 2-0 OKC
11:24 James starts the game with a dunk to put the Heat up. Miami 2-0 OKC
When LeBron James was picked first straigh out of high school in the 2003 NBA draft, nobody thought it would be nine years before he would get his first championship ring. Two teams, three MVP titles and eight All-Star appearances later, James is closer than ever to gaining that elusive championship.
Since losing the first game of the series to the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the Heat have looked comfortable throughout the Finals, with James and his supporting cast of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and even Mario Chalmers, combining brilliantly to claim three in a row.
The Thunder are a young team in their first NBA finals and have to fight for their chance to take the series back to Oklahoma and do what no team has done in a seven game NBA Finals series - come back from 3-1 down.
Russell Westbrook was huge in a losing effort in game four, but one feels that if the Thunder are going to win this game three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant is going to have to take more shots and own the game more.
Oklahoma City Thunder
0 - Russell Westbrook, 2 - Thabo Sefolosha, 35 - Kevin Durant, 9 - Serge Ibaka, 5 - Kendrick Perkins, 13 - James Harden, 45 - Cole Aldrich, 4 - Nick Collison, 14 - Daequan Cook, 37 - Derek Fisher, 11 - Lazar Hayward, 7 - Royal Ivey, 15 - Reggie Jackson, 6 - Eric Maynor, 8 - Nazr Mohammed
15- Mario Chalmers, 3 - Dwyane Wade, 6 - LeBron James, 31 - Shane Battier, 40 - Udonis Haslem, 1 - Chris Bosh, 50 - Joel Anthony, 30 - Norris Cole, 34 - Eddy Curry, 14 - Terrel Harris, 5 - Juwan Howard, 22 - James Jones, 13 - Mike Miller, 45 - Dexter Pittman, 21 - Rony Turiaf