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Miami Wins 2012 NBA Title, LeBron James Named Finals MVP After Dominant Triple-Double Performance

The Miami Heat captured their second title and LeBron James clinched his first title with yet another dominant performance that closed out the Thunder in Game 5.

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In The Court Of The Miami Heat's King

Lebron James finally proved that he is a champion. His critics no longer have a leg to stand on.

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Miami Heat Victory Parade Scheduled For Monday, Festivities Starting At 9 A.M.

Miami fans, the parade in honor of the NBA Champion Miami Heat will take place on Monday, June 25, according to Miami Herald writers Adam H. Beasley and Michael Vasquez. Parade festivities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday morning with the actual parade beginning at 11 a.m. with the current plan to conclude at noon. The route has not yet been released

The team will then have an additional celebration inside AmericanAirlines Arena starting at 12:30 p.m. The celebration has been raucous in Miami, but there have been no reports of law-breaking or rioting, just excited Heat fans running around the city. One part of Miami that is the unofficial celebration street for Heat victories named Bird Road wound as a globally trending topic.

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LeBron James Fulfills Destiny As NBA Champion

LeBron James has finally reached the top of the mountain

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LeBron James Named 2012 NBA Finals MVP

To the surprise of no one, LeBron James was named the 2012 NBA Finals MVP after the Heat's impressive Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. James was simply dominant throughout the playoffs and the Finals, earning a unanimous nomination for the Bill Russell MVP Trophy. The 2012 regular season MVP closed out the Finals with a triple-double performance in Game 5, scoring 26 points, dishing 13 assists, and grabbing 11 rebounds.

LeBron was the unquestioned leader throughout the 2012 Playoffs, and while six players hit double figures in Game 5, it was James that carried them there and then facilitated the offense throughout the clincher. James spoke on the podium after he was presented the trophy, and simply exclaimed, "It's about damn time!"

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visitSB Nation's NBA hub.

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Heat Vs. Thunder, NBA Finals 2012 Game 5: Miami Wins NBA Title With Dominating 121-106 Victory

The Miami Heat are the 2012 NBA Champions. The Heat completed a gentleman's sweep of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, blowing them out 121-106 to win their fourth straight Finals game and clinch the title. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were taken out of the game with three minutes to play, as Miami led by as many as 27 points in the final 12 minutes. It was a dominating performance all around, with six players in double figures as the Heat put up better than 50 percent from the floor and better than 55 percent from behind three-point range.

But as you would expect, it came down to 2012 MVP LeBron James. He was absolutely incredible yet again, finishing off his remarkable 2012 Playoffs run with a triple-double. James continually set up his shooters as the Heat poured it on, matching his playoff-career high 13 assists while adding 26 points and 11 rebounds. He hit all the open men at the right time as the offense was in perfect form thanks to its perfect superstar. The monkey off his back, he celebrated with his team on the sidelines over the final three minutes of jubilation. Video of the celebration:

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visitSB Nation's NBA hub.

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2012 NBA Finals, Heat Vs. Thunder: Keys To The Series

The NBA Finals begin tonight at 6 p.m. with the Miami Heat, coming off its Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 in the Sooner State. SB Nation NBA writer Mike Prada compiled a list of keys to the series. Here they are:

1. Will LeBron James get fatigued?

2. Can the Thunder continue to avoid their regular-season turnover problems?

3. How will Kevin Durant be used?

4. How does Dwyane Wade get his points? Who does he defend?

5. Will Miami switch everything defensively?

6. Will Chris Bosh start? How will he change things? Will he change things?

7. Which small lineup wins out?

AND ONE. Which teams executes best down the stretch?

As for the one lingering question: Who ends up getting a ring at the end of the day, LeBron or Kevin Durant?

The Thunder have home-court advantage, which is huge, but I think the Heat are a really tough matchup for them with their size on the perimeter. Assuming James holds up physically, which is no guarantee, I see the Heat winning one of the first two games, twice at home and then finishing this thing off in Oklahoma City. Heat in 6.

Stick with this StoryStream for all your news throughout the 2012 NBA Finals. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, visit Welcome To Loud City and SB Nation Kansas City. For all your Finals analysis, visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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