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GAME 5: Heat 121, Thunder 106

NBA Champions!

What a magical night. LeBron James delivered his first triple-double of the season in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and the Heat closed out the series with an emphatic 121-106 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat put together a 19-1 run in the third quarter. Miami led by 24 points entering the fourth quarter.

LeBron James was an unstoppable force throughout the postseason and he closed out the series with his first triple-double of the season, scoring 26 points to go along with 13 assists and 11 rebounds. He put together one of the postseason's greatest individual performances, averaging 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 23 games.

Mike Miller wrote himself into NBA Finals lore with 23 points on 7 of 8 from three-point range. It was a career postseason high in scoring for Miller in what might have been his last game. Miller hinted towards retirement in his postgame news conference.

"I've got to make the best decision, not only for the organization, for the players that work every night, for the Arisons who believed in me, for Coach Riley for bringing me here, and then for my family," Miller said. "Just got to make sure it's the best one."

Miller has three years left on his contract. He'll meet with doctors in the next week to determine the extent of his injuries. If he needs surgery (or surgeries), Miller might call it quits and retire. It's a tricky situation. Miller would rather have the Heat use its amnesty clause on him. It would allow him to be paid the full amount of his contract.

Miller's seven three-pointers was one shy of the Finals record, set by Ray Allen in 2010.

The Heat was 14 of 26 from three-point range. The 14 three-pointers was one shy of the postseason record. All five Heat starters scored in double figures for the first time this postseason.

Chris Bosh delivered 24 points, a postseason career high, and seven rebounds to go along with two blocks in Game 5. The Heat, which lost the first game of the series with Bosh coming off the bench, won four straight with Bosh back in the starting lineup. Bosh had 12 points in the third quarter. Closing out the series at home was significant for Bosh, who collapsed in the Heat's "Hall of Champions" after the 2011 Finals. The moment was caught on camera and it haunted Bosh for an entire season.

"It was everything for me," Bosh said. "It was just erasing all those memories."

Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem won their second Finals on Thursday. It was the first NBA championship for the 13 other members of the team. Wade finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Wade averaged 23.5 points in the Heat's four victories of the series. Wade has scored at least 20 points in 15 of his 17 career Finals games.


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