The King has finally been crowned.
After several years of failed trips to the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a “decision” that took on a life of its own, and a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals last year, LeBron James finally conquered his demons and won an NBA title.
James, whether its fair or not, has been under extreme criticism since his decision to join the Miami Heat and form a Big Three with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh two years ago.
The trio partied following “The Decision” and told the world they were ready to win multiple titles.
It took two seasons, but James and company were able to finally prove that they made the right decision.
The Heat overwhelmed the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 Thursday and won a blowout 121-106, taking the series 4-1.
“It means everything,” James said on ABC after the game. “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about…I knew we had a bright future and this is a dream come true for me.”
James added that he has “been through a lot the last two years.”
That’s an understatement.
Though James was terrific once again, netting another triple double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, he wasn’t alone in bringing the Heat another championship.
Six Heat players scored double digits. The most surprising performance came from Mike Miller who scored 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting. All seven of his field goals came from behind the three-point line.
Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 points.
The Thunder were overmatched for the most the game with the Heat jumping out to a 10 point lead at the half. But the game turned in the third quarter with Miami outscoring the Thunder 36-22.
The Thunder cut the lead to single digits early in the third, but were unable to ride an early wave of momentum.
Miami’s lead was never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter.