Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder LIVE: NBA Finals Game 5 At AmericanAirlines Arena

06/21/2012 08:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2012

NBA Finals Game 5
Miami Heat

vs.

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?

Follow our live blog for updates.

06/22/2012 12:05 AM EDT

LeBron James named Finals MVP.

06/21/2012 11:57 PM EDT

@ CJMiles34 :

Give Mike Miller the MVP lol

06/21/2012 11:51 PM EDT

"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.

06/21/2012 11:50 PM EDT

"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

06/21/2012 11:49 PM EDT

Durant walks into the locker room, hugs a bunch of OKC staff and then starts crying as he hugs his mother. Very emotional.

06/21/2012 11:48 PM EDT

@ jadande :

First thing LeBron does when it's over is walk to halfcourt and hug Durant

06/21/2012 11:47 PM EDT

MIAMI HEAT BEAT OKC THUNDER 121-106 TO BECOME NBA CHAMPIONS.

06/21/2012 11:46 PM EDT

"What a difference a year makes." - Mike Breen. LeBron gives Spoelstra a big hug.

06/21/2012 11:46 PM EDT

Under 50 seconds.

06/21/2012 11:45 PM EDT

@ ESPNChrisPalmer :

This celebration is going to be very interesting.

YOU MAY LIKE

CONVERSATIONS