YES WE DID!
Okay, King James, now we can celebrate in Wade County.
“It’s about damn time.”
Q1 tip-off went to the Miami Heat and they never looked back. A Thunder turnover sent LeBron James to the rim with a smash (0-2). Russel Westbrook put Oklahoma City on the scoreboard and Kevin Durant hit his first field goal (6-4), but overall the Heat defense kept the Thunder from roaring. Westbrook went to the rim expecting a shot but Chris Bosh let him know, ”You got to get through me.” They met in the air and Westbrook went down. He climbed up and added 2 at the line (8-6). Oklahoma took a short lead but Shane Battier quickly put a stop to that when he hooked 3 (8-9). After that, an alley hoop to Dewayne Wade caught in the air with one hand and slammed in, made a difficult shot look easy. (8-11).
Bosh drives past Kevin Perkins and Serge Ibaka with such momentum the shot takes Bosh crashing to the floor (14-20). Then Bosh fakes and leaves Perkins in the past as Bosh lights a fire to the rim. (15-22). Holding his back but shooting his butt off, Miller totaled 24 points. Clearly in pain, Miller said, “I’m alright, this is the Finals.”
James Harden runs smack into Norris Cole and gains a foul. Twelve years with the league, Harden should have known better than that (22-29). Everybody knew that Cole had his ”Cole Mobile” parked out front just in case he needed a quick get-away to the rim. The thrill is gone, slowly dwindling from the Thunder, but Kevin Durant is still hitting 3′s. From the side Durant slams in with a forceful drive (26-31).
Miller lines up a 3rd triple ( 29-34) but Fisher responds with a triple (32-34). The Heat’s defense keeps Russel Westbrook off his game. He misses a slam. Udonis Haslem, behind D. Wade, puts triple coverage on the ball as D. Wade goes up to clean up at the rim. One way or another, that ball was going in ( 32-36). Heat’s bench helps clinch the win. LeBron spins up to the rim with a hand right in his face but his eyes stay focused on the target. “Can’t stop this.” And guess what? LeBron and his shot get pass Harden (34-43 Q2 6:47). Mario Chalmers was hitting 3′s but taking a lip licking from LeBron. “Keep grinding, no premature celebration.” The Heat’s defense, offense, and bench kept fighting aggressively, The Fab Five was represented in the house as Jwan Howard made his contribution. Bosh did a surprise drive-by on Perkins on Perkins way up to the rim and put a stop to that. Then Bosh hit a home run, that even A. Rod can’t touch (36-48).
The Heat played good defense. Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Norris Cole clutching 3′s opened up for the 3 kings to attack the basket. The Heat’s bench made their contribution. While most of Oklahoma’s points came from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden with impressive performances, but not enough Chesapeake Energy flowing in American Airlines Arena. When the Thunder tried to penetrate, LeBron reminded Kevin Durant, “I got you.” Forcing James Harden off his game kept him below par; Russel Westbrook couldn’t get the ball to Durant. Heat cruised to win game 5 (106-121).
All smiles, D. Wade says, “From Christmas Day we were on a mission. At the end of the day we had one common goal – to become champions.” Bosh said, “We went through a lot but it was worth it. We came here to win a championship and we got it done.”
During the game LeBron was driving with focus and determination to the rim. After the game and the 2 a.m. party in the Heat’s house, LeBron didn’t have to drive any more. He was chauffeured away. Through it all, the Heat remained hungry and humble and for that they took home the championship they deserved.
Long live King James (and Gloria) in Wade County. And Bosh too.
Wade County started celebrating in the early evening, with 101.5 Lite FM at Da Vinci. Yea, Ellen, I heard you from South Beach at the early morning dawn.