NBA Finals Game 5
Oklahoma City Thunder
9:00 p.m. ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Fla
LeBron James and the Miami Heat could be hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy as 2012 NBA Champions in just a few hours.
Or they could be heading back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 (and potentially Game 7).
Having won three straight games, Miami has an opportunity to close out OKC in Game 5 to earn its first NBA title in the Big 3 era. After losing the opener, the Heat won Game 2 in Oklahoma City to sieze home court advantage. Back in South Beach, the Heatles have grinded two wins to take a 3-1 series lead.
LeBron and company came back from a 17-point deficit and withstood Russell Westbrook's amazing 43-point performance in Game 4, thanks to the surprise help of point guard Mario Chalmers.
Will the Heat finish off the Thunder to win the NBA Championship? Or will Kevin Durant bounce back and force a Game 6?
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(game highlights start after LeBron's postgame quote)
|@ CJMiles34 : Give Mike Miller the MVP lol|
"I just looked myself in the mirror and said 'You need to be better,'" LeBron says about the impact of losing in the finals last year.
"It means everything. I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland but I understood what my future was about. I understood that coming to Miami and putting together this team, this is a dream come true to me." - LeBron
Durant walks into the locker room, hugs a bunch of OKC staff and then starts crying as he hugs his mother. Very emotional.
|@ jadande : First thing LeBron does when it's over is walk to halfcourt and hug Durant|
|@ ESPNChrisPalmer : This celebration is going to be very interesting.|
Harden hugging Durant and Westbrook on the bench while the Heat celebrate on their bench.
LeBron hugs Mike Miller on the bench. Finally lets out a smile as Ivey makes a 3 for the Thunder.
Wade and LeBron get taken out to big standing ovation. JUWAN HOWARD HAS ENTERED THE GAME. I REPEAT. JUWAN HOWARD HAS ENTERED THE GAME.
Bosh gets a nice pass from the elbow and swishes a long 2. But Harden answers with a two-handed dunk to make it 116-96 MIAMI.
Wade made both free throws. Cole Aldrich is in and made a layup. 114-94 MIAMI. 4 minutes left.
|@ johnhollinger : Huge roar for Miller as he's shown on Jumbotron.|
|@ jadande : When will it be Juwan Time?|