NBA Finals: Heat blow out Thunder to clinch world championship
The Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA title with an absolute-massacre 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Miami.
How the Thunder lost: Oklahoma City was completely dominated on both sides of the ball. The Heat's defense was stifling, and Miami imposed its will on offense. The Heat also got a major contribution from its bench — forward Mike Miller in particular, who scored 23 points on 7-of-8 from long range, including seven in a row.
Key stat: 27 points. The Heat's lead ballooned to as much as 27 in the blowout win.
Key performer: Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Durant scored 32 points on 13-for-24 shooting from the field.
Key opponent: Heat forward LeBron James. James was named NBA Finals MVP after a triple-double performance, scoring 26 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing 13 assists.
What it means: The NBA season is over, but looking forward, the Thunder have gone from a team who won just 23 games three years ago to a team that made it to the Finals. The Thunder are a dynasty in the making — just not quite yet.