Game 5, will LeBron James finally capture his 1st NBA Championship which has eluded him for his entire career and the reason why he took his talents to South Beach. OKC Thunder will look to take it 1 game at a time and attempt to have the series return to their home arena where they only loss 1 game in this year postseason. Russell Westbrook will look to add on to his stellar performance from Game 4. For OKC it’s Win or Go Home
1st Quarter: In the beginning LeBron James doesn’t appear to have any lingering effects from his cramping issue as he threw down a dunk on the 2nd possession of the game. The Thunder has come out aggressive and with that play has caused Dwyane Wade to pick up 2 early fouls in the quarter. Kevin Durant has been active in the quarter and OKC seems determined to have Durant make his mark on this game. Chris Bosh has had the advantage on Kendrick Perkins scoring twice off of hesitation pump fakes. No difference from the other games in this series Miami role players has risen to the occasion Mike Miller and Norris Cole both scored on 3 point shots, with Miller having 2 in the quarter. Before the quarter ended Durant scored on a dunk where he soared above Udonis Haslem. At one point in the quarter the Miami Heat scored on 9 straight possessions. Miami leads 31-26
2nd Quarter: Midway through the quarter the Thunder is struggling from the field shooting 37% while Miami is shooting 52%. As a result the Heat has gone on a 14-4 run with Miami’s Big 3 scoring 11 of the 14. Dwyane Wade after diving for a loose ball was whistled for his 3rd personal foul and was taken out by Coach Spolsetra. Mike Miller continued his hot shooting from the 1st quarter and currently stands at 4-4 on 3 point shots. Russell Westbrook was unable to add on to his performance from Game 4 and for the game is 2-9 however he has been able to get to the free throw line where he is 9-9. Miami has the momentum leading into the half however the Thunder is in position to make a run in the 2nd half. Miami leads 59-49
3rd Quarter: Miami has gained an advantage in the game thus far from the 3 point line with the scores coming from Miami’s role players of Battier, Miller and Chalmers. Miami with 5 minutes remaining in the quarter has a 19-1 run and has allowed Miami to increase their largest lead of the game of 25 points. The Heat has taken full control of the game in the 4th quarter. The OKC Thunder has settled for 3’s in the 3rd quarter in attempt to cut the deficit. Miami leads 95-71
4th Quarter: Miami and LeBron James are 12 minutes away from a championship with a 24 point lead. Miami are trying to keep their emotions in check with a championship within arm’s reach, at a point in the 3rd quarter Mario Chalmers was seen waving to the crowd and LeBron James told him “Not yet play ball.” LeBron James recorded a triple double in the quarter which was his 1st for the entire season including the regular and post season. Coach Scott Brooks conceded to victory with 4 minutes remaining in the games when he took out Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Miami wins 121-106 and the 2011-2012 NBA Championship. LeBron James was awarded the Bill Russell Most Valuable Player award.