Finally, the King has earned the crown. LeBron's first bucket was a roaring dunk on a fast break and the last chapter of his redemption tour took off from there. James squashed the demons of NBA Finals' past and destroyed OKC with every assisted 3-pointer and hanging finish. His all-encompassing Game 5 reminded everyone why he's this generation's most gifted player.
Like he has all postseason, Wade got it going after halftime. The block and the Euro-step on Russell Westbrook in the third quarter was vintage Wade dominance. We might never know how much pain Wade was in during this playoffs with his balky knee, but credit him for stepping aside and allowing LeBron to be LeBron.
While everyone focuses on LeBron winning his first title, it's probably the case that no one did more for LeBron's title hopes than this first-time title winner. Just a month ago, the Heat's championship pursuit was on life support because Bosh was out indefinitely with an abdominal injury. And then he returned to become the backbone of the defense and the stabilizer to the offense.
Not a bad game for a guy who can barely stand on his own two feet. There's a good chance that Mike Miller just played through about three season-ending injuries, and through it all, he managed to drain a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers. The sharpshooter they imagined was realized in Game 5 and he may have just earned every bit of his $30 million contract.
Just not their time. Kevin Durant tried to carry the Thunder, but the truth is that five Kevin Durants couldn't stop the Heat when they shoot 3-pointers the way they did. The Thunder were outplayed this series, but they weren't outclassed. If there are basketball gods, we will have a rematch between these two juggernauts again this time next year.