LeBron James wins first career NBA title with Miami Heat

LeBron James has four NBA titles to his name after winning one last season with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Orlando bubble.

His first trophy arrived that day nine years ago with the Miami Heat.

Prior to the 2012 NBA Finals, James had lost the Finals the year before the Dallas Mavericks and in 2007 when his Cleveland Cavaliers faced the San Antonio Spurs.

But in 2012, the elusive ring finally came to James as the Heat faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden early in their careers.

The streak lasted just five games as Oklahoma City’s inexperience caught up with the team, and James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh proved too difficult to overcome.

Miami won Game 5, 121-106, and of course James led the way for the Heat.

James scored 26 points to go with 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 44 minutes. He shot 9 of 19 overall and 8 of 9 from the free throw line.

Mike Miller offered Miami a massive exit from the bench. The 3-point specialist scored 23 points to lead all reserves as he managed 7 of 8 shots from the perimeter.

Check out James’ post-match speech:

James won his second championship the following year, also with Miami.


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