Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) holds up the Larry O'Brien Trophy after winning the 2012 NBA championship at the American Airlines Arena. Miami won 121-106. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Man of the moment
LeBron James reaches his ultimate goal, winning his first championship after the Heat topped the Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday. LeBron recorded a triple-double in the close-out game, racking up team highs with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists as Miami blew open the game in the third quarter.
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh fulfilled their ultimate goal when they joined forces in the summer of 2010. The trio combined to score 70 of the Heat's 121 points Thursday night.
The Miami Heat celebrate the franchise's second title Thursday night after knocking down 14 of 26 attempts from the 3-point arc, led by Mike Miller's 7-of-8 effort from deep.
Trophy is his
After a disappointing performance in the 2011 Finals against the Mavs, LeBron James is named the unanimous MVP of the Finals to go along with his regular-season MVP. LeBron averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists to capture his first career NBA title.
Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will have to wait another year for their first title. Though Westbrook struggled in Game 5 -- 4 of 20 from the floor -- the duo played with great heart and talent throughout the series.
Veteran reserve forward Juwan Howard captures his first NBA title and becomes the only member from the University of Michigan's famed Fab Five to win a championship.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combine for 46 points, 19 rebounds and 16 assists to lead the way for the Heat. The duo also shot 16 of 31 from the floor in the decisive game.
Chris Bosh saves his best scoring game of the Finals for Game 5, scoring 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and adding seven rebounds to capture his first NBA title.
King of kings
LeBron James led six players in double figures as the Heat shot 52 percent from the field and 54 percent from deep. The Heat outscored the Thunder 36-22 in the third quarter as Miami rolled to the victory.
Coach 'em up
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra directs his team to a 24-point lead heading into the fourth quarter Thursday night.
Shane Battier does what he does best, taking a charge on Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
Gimme the ball
LeBron James was in attack mode in the first half of Game 5. LeBron put up 15 points, five rebounds and five assists before halftime as the Heat took at a 10-point lead into intermission.
Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka forces Heat power forward Chris Bosh to miss this shot in the first quarter.
One on one
Kevin Durant drives against LeBron James as the league's top two MVP vote-getters clashed once again in the Finals.
LeBron James reacts after his dunk opened the scoring for Miami in the first quarter.
Heat fan George Gonzalez shows his support before Game 5 outside American Airlines Arena.
Miami Heat fans dance in front of the American Airlines Arena before Game 5.
Thunder guard James Harden arrives at the American Airlines Arena prior to Game 5. The league's Sixth Man of the Year struggled in Games 3 and 4, shooting 2 for 10 in each game.
Heat fan Nesdor Vazquez shows up wearing the team's home color.