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NBA Finals: Miami Heat bury Oklahoma City for NBA championship win

MVP James finally wins his title as Heat put away Thunder.



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James promised multiple titles at his welcoming party, and the Heat have three pieces to build around. Pat Riley will have to fill some holes on the roster, but will likely find some players eager to come to Miami for the good weather and great chance to win.

Miller was one of them last year, and though injuries have ruined his effectiveness, his shooting turned this into the only blowout of the series after Miami had outscored Oklahoma City by just 389-384 over the first four games.

At a glance

NBA champions

2011-12 » Miami Heat

2010-11 » Dallas Mavericks

2009-10 » Los Angeles Lakers

2008-09 » L.A. Lakers

2007-08 » Boston Celtics

2006-07 » San Antonio Spurs

2005-06 » Miami Heat

2004-05 » San Antonio Spurs

2003-04 » Detroit Pistons

2002-03 » San Antonio Spurs

2001-02 » Los Angeles Lakers

2000-01 » L.A. Lakers

1999-00 » Los Angeles Lakers

1998-99 » San Antonio Spurs

1997-98 » Chicago Bulls

1996-97 » Chicago Bulls

1995-96 » Chicago Bulls

1994-95 » Houston Rockets

1993-94 » Houston Rockets

1992-93 » Chicago Bulls

1991-92 » Chicago Bulls

1990-91 » Chicago Bulls

1989-90 » Detroit Pistons

1988-89 » Detroit Pistons

1987-88 » Los Angeles Lakers

1986-87 » Los Angeles Lakers

1985-86 » Boston Celtics

1984-85 » Los Angeles Lakers

1983-84 » Boston Celtics

1982-83 » Philadelphia 76ers

1981-82 » Los Angeles Lakers

1980-81 » Boston Celtics

1979-80 » Los Angeles Lakers

1978-79 » Seattle SuperSonics

1977-78 » Washington Bullets

1976-77 » Portland Trail Blazers

1975-76 » Boston Celtics

1974-75 » Golden St. Warriors

1973-74 » Boston Celtics

1972-73 » New York Knicks

1971-72 » Los Angeles Lakers

1970-71 » Milwaukee Bucks

1969-70 » New York Knicks

1968-69 » Boston Celtics

1967-68 » Boston Celtics

1966-67 » Philadelphia 76ers

1965-66 » Boston Celtics

1964-65 » Boston Celtics

1963-64 » Boston Celtics

1962-63 » Boston Celtics

1961-62 » Boston Celtics

1960-61 » Boston Celtics

1959-60 » Boston Celtics

1958-59 » Boston Celtics

1957-58 » St. Louis Hawks

1956-57 » Boston Celtics

1955-56 » Phila. Warriors

1954-55 » Syracuse Nationals

1953-54 » Minneapolis Lakers

1952-53 » Minneapolis Lakers

1951-52 » Minneapolis Lakers

1950-51 » Rochester Royals

1949-50 » Minneapolis Lakers

1948-49 » Minneapolis Lakers

1947-48 » Baltimore Bullets

1946-47 » Phila. Warriors

NBA Finals MVPs

2012 » LeBron James, Miami

2011 » Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

2010 » Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers

2009 » Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers

2008 » Paul Pierce, Boston

2007 » Tony Parker, San Antonio

2006 » Dwyane Wade, Miami

2005 » Tim Duncan, San Antonio

2004 » Chauncey Billups, Detroit

2003 » Tim Duncan, San Antonio

2002 » Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers

2001 » Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers

2000 » Shaquille O’Neal, L.A. Lakers

1999 » Tim Duncan, San Antonio

1998 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1997 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1996 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1995 » Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston

1994 » Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston

1993 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1992 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1991 » Michael Jordan, Chicago

1990 » Isiah Thomas, Detroit

1989 » Joe Dumars, Detroit

1988 » James Worthy, L.A. Lakers

1987 » Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers

1986 » Larry Bird, Boston

1985 » Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers

1984 » Larry Bird, Boston

1983 » Moses Malone, Philadelphia

1982 » Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers

1981 » Cedric Maxwell, Boston

1980 » Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers

1979 » Dennis Johnson, Seattle

1978 » Wes Unseld, Washington

1977 » Bill Walton, Portland

1976 » Jo Jo White, Boston

1975 » Rick Barry, Golden State

1974 » John Havlicek, Boston

1973 » Willis Reed, New York

1972 » Wilt Chamberlain, L.A. Lakers

1971 » Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee

1970 » Willis Reed, New York

1969 » Jerry West, L.A. Lakers

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Notes: Miami became the third team to sweep the middle three games at home in the 2-3-2 format. The Detroit Pistons took all three from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 before the Heat did it against Dallas in 2006. ... Coach Erik Spoelstra tied Riley for the Heat franchise record with his 34th postseason win. He is 34-22, while Riley was just 34-36. ... The four-game losing streak that Oklahoma City finished the season with was its longest of the season. The Thunder had dropped three straight games to Memphis, Miami and Indiana from April 2-6.

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Storylines

Miami’s LeBron James posts a triple-double in the series clincher, giving him his first NBA title.

» The Heat go on a 34-13 run in the second half to put the game out of reach.

» Chris Bosh and Mike Miller score 23 points, and Dwyane Wade adds 20 for Miami.



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