DAR Sports: 2012 NBA Finals- Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder

By @TrueGodImmortal

"I'm taking my talents to South Beach" was heard all around the world as LeBron James left Cleveland and went to the Miami Heat. However, the first season would not end with a championship, as the Heat would be defeated by the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals. However, despite this loss, the Heat regrouped and got focused for the 2011-2012 NBA season. Now, as evidenced by their record, this season was shortened due to yet another lockout. Now, as we covered in our last edition (the 1999 Finals between Knicks and Spurs also during a lockout season), lockout season Finals tend to be forgotten in some way, but this Finals is regarded as the first championship for the big 3 of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh (Wade's 2nd), and LeBron's first title win.

For the Heat, going 46-20 in a short season would garner the no. 2 spot in the East in the playoffs. Their Finals opponent, Oklahoma City Thunder, would finish 47-19 on the shortened year for the no. 2 seed in the West. The Heat would make the Finals by defeating the Knicks, the Pacers and barely defeating the Celtics in a tough 7 game series to make their 2nd consecutive trip to the Finals. The Thunder would end up defeating the Mavericks, the Lakers, and the no. 1 seed Spurs to make their Finals. Led by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, along with James Harden, the OKC team was extremely exciting to watch and their first trip to the Finals would prove to be a true learning experience for them. As game 1 neared close, could the Heat finally get LeBron that ring?

*Game 1

-The Thunder got off to a good start, playing well all game long and Durant would lead all scorers with 36 points. The Heat ended the first quarter with the lead and LeBron would contribute 30 points, but the Thunder just applied too much pressure and the home court advantage might have helped a lot too. The Thunder took game 1 in Oklahoma City 105-94 and they would go up 1-0. Could the Heat regroup at all and take game 2?

*Game 2

-This game was even closer than game 1, as the Heat and Thunder played a great back and forth game. The Heat never trailed in this game, but the Thunder would stay within single digits majority of the game, with Durant hitting a three pointer to make it 98-96, but the Heat would hold on for a 100-96 win to tie the series up 1-1. Durant would finish with 32 points, as would LeBron and we went to Miami for game 3. Could the Thunder manage to take it and make it 2-1 or would the Heat go up 2-1?

*Game 3

-This game was another back and forth game and the Thunder managed to gain a lead late in the game, but the Heat would go on a run, to close it out in game 3, with a 91-85 victory as the Heat would go up 2-1 in the series. KD would finish with 25 points on the night, while LeBron had an amazing game with 29 points and 14 rebounds. With the Heat taking a 2-1 lead, the Thunder now had their backs against the wall, looking to gain momentum in the series. Could they do it in game 4?

*Game 4

-The Thunder came out playing hard and the story of this game is simply Russell Westbrook. Rewatch the game and you'll see what I mean. Westbrook finished with 43 points to lead all scorers and he was on fire most of the night. However, the Heat would find Mario Chalmers to be a big factor as he contributed 25 points and made big plays in the final moments while LeBron sat out with leg cramps. Durant would add 28 points for OKC, but it would not be enough as the Thunder lost another close game 104-98. LeBron had a near triple-double game with 26 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds, as the Heat went up 3-1 and would be on the verge of winning the championship. Would the Thunder fight back in game 5?

*Game 5

-While Durant and Westbrook were playing their hearts out, the rest of the team didn't truly show up for this Finals series, which is essentially what lost it for them. The Thunder would lose game 5 and the series with a shattering 121-106 loss, though Durant contributed 32 points and 11 rebounds, it was not enough. Durant played amazing all series, but couldn't will his team to victory. Mike Miller would knock down 7 three pointers for the Heat, finishing with 23 points, as LeBron had a triple-double of 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists to close out this Finals. LeBron would be named Finals MVP, as he averaged a double-double in the series and gain his first championship ring and title. For Wade, Bosh, and LeBron, this was the culmination of what would seem like the dynasty being built.

Your 2012 NBA Champions, Miami Heat!



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