If I was asked one word to describe Game 5 of the NBA Finals, it can only be wow. The final box score was 121-106, but in game play it looked like a million to five.
Everyone in the basketball world knew what the Miami Heat could do. The question was, could they do it in a seven game series against a great, young team such as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the finals close out game, Game 5 not 7, the Heat not only showed they can be an awesome team, but an extremely dominate one at the same time.
Honestly, I wish someone could tell me something the Heat didn’t do at the highest level a team can. Not only did the Heat win the NBA Championship, but they owned it from the beginning of the game. Actually, from the end of Game 2.
The best thing about the victory was, the Heat weren’t only dominant because of LeBron James (triple-double), Dwyane Wade (20 points, 8 rebounds) and Chris Bosh (24 and 7).
It was Mike Miller’s incredible 7-of-8 shooting from behind the arch for 23 points. Shane Battier added 11 pts. (3-of-7 from downtown). Mario Chalmers didn’t score 25 pts. like he did in Game 4 but he made it easier for others to score with seven assists and still scored 10 points.
When the finals match up of the Heat and the Thunder was official, I doubted Miami’s chances to win the title because the Thunder had more scoring options and would be able count on others besides their big three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
The truth became it was Durant and Westbrook battling the Heat’s big three and their role players or X-factors.
When everything started clicking for the Heat, the Thunder didn’t have a scoring answer or a defensive stop in them to derail the Heat from winning their first championship since 2006.
It’s not usually a beautiful thing when your prediction is wrong, however, the Miami Heat played like an NBA Championship team while the Thunder played like the young team they are.
I give OKC all the credit in the world for what they accomplished this season, but when a team with superstar talent such as the Heat can get help from their role players, it’s game over.
There is no one in the world who thought the Heat would pull the victory off in the dominate fashion they did, but James finally lived up to his nickname and was King James.
Miami is not going to have the same lineup next season, besides James, Wade, Bosh and Chalmers (for sure), but if the Heat can build around the stars like they did the last two years, it is going to be hard to dethrone them.