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NBA Finals: Miami Heat Defeat Oklahoma City Thunder to Win 2012 Championship
Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/22/0212 | By KEVIN CLARK

Posted on 06/21/2012 9:16:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

MIAMI—When speaking about his oft-criticized and overanalyzed star, LeBron James, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has a line: you cannot win unless you win.

ames won in every conceivable way on Thursday as his Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the finals to win James's first NBA title, erasing nine years of doubts and disappointment.

The man dubbed "The King" while in high school finally had his coronation, and while the game will go down in history as James' vindication party, it will not be remembered as particularly dramatic. The Heat opened it up in the third quarter with five 3-pointers and led by 24 to start the fourth quarter.

James played a great 44 minutes for his final act of the season, putting together a triple-double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to set a steady pace for a championship drubbing.

Miami became the most disliked team in the NBA in 2010 when James ditched the Cleveland Cavaliers to team up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to form a megateam in South Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; miamiheat; nba; oklahoma
Lebrone James of course, won the playoff MVP as well as the regular season MVP.

That should cement his legacy now. This is Dwayne Wade's second ring.

1 posted on 06/21/2012 9:16:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sucks.


2 posted on 06/21/2012 9:19:49 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: SeekAndFind
"I'm sorry! You have HOW MANY championship rings now,Lebron...?"


3 posted on 06/21/2012 9:22:32 PM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: mmichaels1970

Would have liked to see OKC win it.


4 posted on 06/21/2012 9:23:08 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: SeekAndFind

Put 2 minutes on the clock, give each team 100 points and you have a basketball game.

Since they can take as many steps as they want without dribbling, why not give them helmets and pads, loosen up the rules on contact and make a real game at it by letting the players really charge the basket.

Oh well, different strokes for different folks I guess. Basketball is just too ppredictable for me to find it interesting


5 posted on 06/21/2012 9:25:42 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: AlmaKing
Congratulations to the Miami Hoodies!
6 posted on 06/21/2012 9:26:07 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: SeekAndFind

And in Seattle, people are smiling.


7 posted on 06/21/2012 9:27:08 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

Let the celebrations riots and burnings begin.


8 posted on 06/21/2012 9:29:12 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: SeekAndFind

sad night here in Ohio..LOL


9 posted on 06/21/2012 9:30:34 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: AlmaKing

Me too.


10 posted on 06/21/2012 9:30:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (64% of Americans support amnesty and find the Wet DREAM Act "a big hit!" - New Bloomberg Poll)
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To: tcrlaf

Miami was amazingly quiet when the Heat won in 2006.


11 posted on 06/21/2012 9:31:32 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

DVR Spoiler!

Actually good for Libtard LeBron. He’s going to eclipse Libtard Michael Jordan. I still love the best of the best no matter how they vote...I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks.


12 posted on 06/21/2012 9:34:49 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Jordan was very quiet about his politics. I don’t think anyone really knows.


13 posted on 06/21/2012 9:36:52 PM PDT by Borges
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To: SeekAndFind
I know. I hate it when Fox News sends out Fox News text Alerts to cell phones after midnight about sports.

No offence. I refer to get that news here. When I get a news alert so late it makes me wonder if it's something serious... like North Korea or Iran.

14 posted on 06/21/2012 9:38:08 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Should Obama recuse himself from making any decisions on immigration?)
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To: tcrlaf

Don’t forget nude cannibalism.


15 posted on 06/21/2012 9:44:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, isn’t that special.


16 posted on 06/21/2012 9:46:32 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Borges

Sadly MJ is a Libtard.

You can find it on The Google...


17 posted on 06/21/2012 9:51:19 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: SeekAndFind

The Heat should get the Tim Donaghy NBA Championship award from Vince McMahon.

Let’s guess who’ll be next year’s villain?


18 posted on 06/21/2012 9:52:52 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LeBron grew up this year. He earned it. He deserves it.

But you can be certain you have not heard the last of KD and the Thunder. As Scott Brooks puts it, we weren’t losing. We were learning how to win. Next year: OKC.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 9:54:19 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: newheart

At least someone gets it. Anyone that can’t give him credit just wasn’t watching.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 10:02:58 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: newheart

Some of us in Ohio can’t get that spineless quitting thing out of our minds when Lebron shut his game down when he was with the Cavs against Boston in the playoffs....see if he won the title that year he couldn’t leave to be with his 2 coconspirators.. I didn’t watch tonight.... I think the college March madness games completely blow away any playoff NBA crap.


21 posted on 06/21/2012 10:26:46 PM PDT by oust the louse (Hey Axelrod, if Obama is the black jesus, I am Sparticus.)
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To: tcrlaf
Let the celebrations riots and burnings begin.

Miami, as a city, does not "riot" like other urban cities over sports victories. Most people there are "too cool" to riot like that. Plenty of championships have been won down there.

22 posted on 06/21/2012 10:27:02 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
Pacers Pistons Brawl - kewego
23 posted on 06/21/2012 10:54:38 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like most of America, I’m not a fan of the Heat, but what are you going to do? LeBron is the best player in the game and he finally has a couple of very good players around him. As for the Thunder, they’re young and very talented. They aren’t going away.


24 posted on 06/21/2012 11:04:48 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Prole

Technically that was not a fight and nowhere near a brawl. Actually barely a skirmish.

This would be a little more like it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1-25s4uwFQ


25 posted on 06/21/2012 11:10:09 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: AlmaKing

RE: Would have liked to see OKC win it.

They’re a very young team. Maybe next year.

After all, Lebrone had to pay his NBA dues for 8 long years before winning this one.


26 posted on 06/22/2012 4:20:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Dick Vomer

Thugball, as fixed and fake as wrestling for sure.


27 posted on 06/22/2012 4:29:39 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: oust the louse

College Basketball is at its all time low point in terms of the level of play.


28 posted on 06/22/2012 6:19:24 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Third Person

Who do you think is in on it? Players are throwing games? How much money would it take to get multi millionaires to throw a game?


29 posted on 06/22/2012 6:22:44 AM PDT by Borges
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To: gunsequalfreedom

lol - I can’t remember the last time an NBA player was called for dribbling. I guess that got in the way of the magical dunk.


30 posted on 06/22/2012 6:28:12 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: mmichaels1970

The one moment in the game that told me all I needed to know about NBA “officiating” was the Flagrant 2 they were going to call on Derek Fisher.

At MOST it was a foul....

I trust the NBA almost as much as I trust obama...


31 posted on 06/22/2012 6:42:59 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Liberty Valance
I should have said 'travelling'.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 8:16:34 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Borges

Maybe the refs?

Tim Donaghy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Donaghy


33 posted on 06/22/2012 8:48:22 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: Third Person

That wasn’t the league doing it but a throwaway case of someone with their own interests. You implied there was some sort of ‘narrative’ being set forward which is totally implausible.


34 posted on 06/22/2012 9:11:33 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

The ref said he did not work alone. It was institutionalized.
He also talked about certain players getting the calls... it was understood.

http://deadspin.com/5392067/excerpts-from-the-book-the-nba-doesnt-want-you-to-read

Thank goodness LeBron got his championship!


35 posted on 06/22/2012 10:25:10 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Lebron is head and shoulders above anyone else in the league right now. It was only a matter of time til he raised the trophy.

It would kind of suck if he reels off five or six titles in a row.

Already hearing scuttlebutt about Ray Allen, Steve Nash, and other veterans without rings migrating to South Beach.

36 posted on 06/22/2012 10:28:53 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Third Person

The NBA has always given stars the benefit of the doubt when it comes to calls. You can call a foul on every play. The point is that there is no fix as to who will win.


37 posted on 06/23/2012 8:04:56 PM PDT by Borges
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