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In a manner fit for a king, LeBron James finally won the title that everyone has been waiting for. The Miami Heat simply dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, defeating them 121 – 106. LeBron James had a stellar performance, with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, giving him a triple double and one of the strongest performances in NBA history.
CNNSI says this of James’ performance:
But he has long been the NBA’s most polished player, and in this series, he corrected the only blemish on his record by dominating the only playoff round he had yet to command. He grew into some unholy combination of point forward and power forward, grabbing rebounds, dishing assists all over the floor, guarding every position and contributing Hall of Fame-level production even when his jumper wouldn’t fall.
With the big win, James silences all of the critics who felt that his move to Miami was a bad idea. The three man dream team of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh finally brought the city the championship it was looking for.
James and the Heat got some help from Oklahoma City, who proved that it’s defense was not ready for the big time. According to CNNSI:
The Thunder were game in this series and generally kept scoring efficiently, but their defense was not ready for four tough playoff rounds. It broke apart in the Finals and collapsed in on itself in Game 5, with the season on the line. They miscommunicated in transition and in their rotations against James’ post-ups and every pick-and-roll that the Heat ran. Too many Miami possessions ended in easy looks, and with Thunder players shrugging and pointing at each other, unsure of who was supposed to be where.
“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.”
James has, this year, done everything that an NBA player can do: He was the MVP of the regular season, the MVP of the playoffs and winner of the World Championship. Anyone who criticizes that is just grasping for straws.