June 21, 2012 – Miami, FL
Six months ago, December 21, 2011 to be exact, the NBA had yet to play a single game of the 2011-12 season. Crippled by a lockout since July 1, 2011, the two sides finally reached an agreement on November 26, 2011, with a start date of December 25. Each team played 66 games instead of the usual 82.
The season has now ended with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106, four games to one, in front of the home crowd. The victory ended a year full of sniping at Lebron James, whose toughness in the 2011 NBA finals was questioned when the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks. It also ended James’s career-long quest for the championship, having been disappointed several times before.
Lebron James had a triple-double of 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. His teammates rose alongside of him as Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 points and Mike Miller scored 23 points with all but two coming from three-pointers.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and 11 assists, Russell Westbrook and James Harden scored 19 apiece. Derek Fisher added 11 points.
The Heat dominated the scoring in the first three quarters as the Thunder’s strategy of guarding James backfired when he kept passing to wide-open 3-point shooters. This was the only blowout game of the series, and with the Heat leading quarter after quarter, it became obvious that there would be no more playoff games in Oklahoma City this season.
Suffering no ill effects from his Game 4 cramps, James stayed focused, shrugging off two consecutive fouls against him as if they were gnats not worthy of attention. He joined teammates Wade and Bosh on the bench for the last 3:01 of the game, exulting at their impending celebration. But yet, James and Kevin Durant shared a long post-game hug as the confetti rained down upon them.
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