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Final: Heat 121, Thunder 106 (Heat NBA champions)

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  June 21, 2012 09:19 PM

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Final: Heat 121-106: The Miami Heat outclassed the Thunder Thursday night and LeBron James left his final imprint on this playoff run with a triple double -- 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Kevin Durant scored 32 for OKC but Russell Westbrook finished 4-for-20 shooting and the Thunder had nothing left in the second half. Heat win the series in five games.

End of third quarter, Heat 95-71: Well folks, this one is over. The Celtics' arch rival is on its way to an NBA title and the burden is finally off LeBron James, who was helped greatly by his teammates. Mike Miller hit five 3-pointers and Chris Bosh took advantage of his matchup with Kendrick Perkins to key a 21-3 run. The Thunder are officially done.

Halftime, Heat 59-49: OKC is lucky to be so close after the Heat led by as many as 17 after a 19-4 run midway during the quarter when the Thunder looked done. Mike Miller has 12 points on four 3-pointers for Miami while LeBron James has been solid with 15 points, 5 assist and 5 rebounds. For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are a combined 8-for-23 shooting as the Thunder are shooting 37 percent from the field.

End of first quarter, Heat 31-26: Miami hit four 3-pointers in the quarter Miami hit four 3-pointers in the quarter and shot 58 percent but the Thunder were able to hold on and keep it close. LeBron James had 7 for the Heat while Kevin Durant scored 9 points and Russell Westbrook 8 for OKC.

First quarter, 5:56, Heat 16-10: The Heat have been steady so far and LeBron James, in his quest for his first title, already has 7 points while Russell Westbrook has 6 for the Thunder.

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