LeBron James, Miami Heat win NBA title with 121-106 win over Thunder

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  • huffnpuff Yucca Valley, CA
    June 23, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    It's really a bitter pill to swallow that the Heat won the championship AND in a short season I might add. :-(
    I was rooting for OKC the whole way because I can't stand LeBron James, not even when he was in Cleveland, the team he left high and dry. Although I'm disappointed in the outcome the Heat did win it fair and square.The OKC team played really well in the first game of the series but after that it was a disaster. I think Russell Westbrook needs to grow up a little more.
    It's also true the refs favor the home team in their calls, we've all learned that fact as BB fans, in case any one else saw the ref high five the Miami Heat coach. Bummer.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    I must admit, I'm not sure if this was a Miami Heat victory or an Oklahoma City Thunder loss.

    Westbrook got progressively worse throughout the series, and last night, I started wondering if he was capable of leading a team to a championship. After Battier made that huge 3 with just under 7 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, putting the Heat up 72-62, Westbrook panicked, and the Thunder started playing street ball.

    Harden also got progressively worse throughout the series, playing more like a 10th man than a 6th man. Harden added to the poor shot selection, shooting stuff he didn't shoot when they beat the Spurs 4 straight times.

    I would expect that this offseason, there will be a bunch of "fringe" players--players who show up once in awhile, such as Mike Miller and Shane Battier--who are looking to sign with a team with a great chance of winning a championship for them--will come flocking to Oklahoma City. The Thunder will be even scarier next season with their new depth.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    No question LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA. He played like an agile PF in the postseason, his stats are impressive, and his attitude was even better. I'm really trying hard to respect the Miami Heat victory--their offseason of collusion and deceit is still a bitter pill to swallow.

  • Ricotta SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 22, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Biggest game changer ALL SERIES was the no-show non-factor play of James Harden.

    If Harden played like he did all season in the Heat series we may have had a different out come.

    Do you remember how all the commentators were just lauding Harden before and after every game all playoffs... until the heat series.

    BIGGEST no-show "star" player I have seen in a while.

  • janice Euclid, OH
    June 22, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    lebron james and the heat won the game fair and square, there is no title for sale in the nba, it seem like a lot people did not watch the game..okc was just out played and to young, every time they thought that it was contact, they told the rep" just play ball and let the rep catch the fouls, this is the nba not day care. congratulation to the miami heat for a well played and fougt out game..and you lebron james deserveed the mvp award for the finals, you played an excellent game, you bought back miami in boston..you are the best..enjoy your win!!!!

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    June 22, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    I was really pulling for OKC to come back. Unfortunately, they seemed to go turn from the solid team play that got them to the Finals to a one-man, force the play game. No making the extra pass. Once they go in to their set, it was Durant or Westbrook looking to go one on one. This wasn't how they played previously. They are pretty deadly when they play as a team.

    The Thunder's youth and inexperience was pretty evident too. They have a very bright future, but they made a lot of rookie mistakes in this series.

    Props to Miami. They dominated the game last night. They deserve the title.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 22, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Yay, pro basketball is over! Now we don't have to hear about it again until the preseason starts in, like, two months!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 22, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Now maybe all of the James hating can calm down. The guy is the best player in the league, by a mile, yet gets all sorts of unwarranted critizism because he made a poor PR move with "The Decision." He took less money to chase a ring, less money to try and win more games. Isn't that what fans always claim they want in their athletes? If he'd stayed in Cleveland, for much more money, and played on bad/average teams the next decade, fans would kill him for not wanting to win enough! Some people just need to complain.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    June 22, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    I did not think the Heat had the capability of playing the kind of team basketball which they exhibited in this series -- on both ends of the floor. I thought the Thunder did have that ability. I was wrong, so (grudging ) props to the Heat. They have shown that -- finally -- they are the best team in the NBA.

    Both teams also showed me what a long way the Jazz have to go yet. A LONG way. 2015, maybe?

  • handshaker17 Centerville, UT
    June 22, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    @Magic 8 Ball
    Yeah, you're exactly right. It was the refs that made OKC lose. They handed Miami 4 straight victories.

    Give it a rest, man.

  • Ross Madison, AL
    June 22, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    The NBA got what they wanted, just like the series when the Jazz played Chicago. It's not about the Heat but the humility. Supposed to be a team sport. Didn't expect much different then the league began changing games outcomes.

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    June 22, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    so is wilt's tainted for joining the lakers with west and baylor ?
    is the championship that the celtics won with allen garnet and pierce tainted?
    better take away all of chicago's championships because they never won a thing until Pippen and Phil Jackson showed up.
    also the TV ratings for this finals were the highest since MJ, so in reality its not a sad day, its a great day for the NBA and all of the fans.
    We need the jazz to pick up some good free agets this off season. #STEVENASH

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2012 12:49 a.m.

    "The decision is final: LeBron James made the right call coming to Miami."

    Faulty logic. We don't know whether or not James would've won a title in Cleveland. He made it to the finals with Cleveland.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    No question, the biggest problem in major league baseball is Yankee money. Now we have Miami money in basketball. Too bad that in pro sports, championships are allowed to literally be purchased. With all of its problems, the NFL still does the best job of preventing teams from buying championships. Leagues with round balls, should take note!

  • Magic 8 Ball Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2012 10:50 p.m.

    Did I see the refereee high-five the Miami Heat coach?

    Yes - definitely

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    June 21, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    The championship is tainted. It's detrimental to the leagues health when players collude to buy themselves a championship. They did it the wrong way and this is a sad day.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 21, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    Miami was just better once Chris Bosh returned to the starting lineup. OKC is young and will have another shot if they keep their team together. Labron was great - very deserving of the MVP.