Miami Heat Beat Oklahoma City Thunder To Win 2012 NBA Finals In 5 Games

The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to win the 2012 NBA Finals in five games at American Airlines Arena on Thursday.

Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James has won the first title of his career, as has much-maligned All-Star forward Chris Bosh. All-Star guard Dwyane Wade gets a ring to add to the one he won in 2006. James was the no-brainer Finals MVP in his third trip to the Finals.

Two former members of the Portland Trail Blazers -- James Jones and Juwan Howard -- earn rings. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra -- who played basketball for the University of Portland and is the son of former Blazers executive Jon Spoelstra -- gets his first title as head coach after serving as an assistant in 2006.

The Heat finish the playoffs 16-7 after defeating the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics in succession in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Thunder wind up 13-7 after knocking out the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs.

Thus ends the ill-fated, 66-game 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Let us never speak of it again.

The 2012 NBA Draft is one week from Thursday night. The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 13.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Join Blazer's Edge

You must be a member of Blazer's Edge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blazer's Edge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker