The Chosen Won: Miami Heat Take NBA Title To South Beach

The Heat are the 2012 NBA champions and LeBron finally has his ring after Miami beats the Thunder 121-106 in Game 5. James is also the series MVP.

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Miami Heat Parade 2012: Route, TV Schedule, Video And More

The Miami Heat won the NBA Championship on Thursday. Monday morning, the party continues with a 90-minute parade through downtown Miami.

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Heat Repeat: How Miami Can Win Another Championship In 2013

Can the Heat repeat in 2013? Only if they execute our 10-step plan properly.

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For Thunder, NBA Finals Loss Is A Rite Of Passage

The Heat had to lose in the Finals last year before they could win it all this year. The Thunder will try to apply that lesson and look to take the next step next season.

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Chris Bosh Haters And Emasculators: Meet Extinction

All of those who tried to take away Chris Bosh's manhood over the past two years got a lesson in toughness during this postseason. And Bosh didn't have to change a thing to teach it.

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Kendrick Perkins Suffered From Torn Groin Throughout NBA Playoffs, According To Report

Kendrick Perkins played quite a bit in the NBA Finals, despite being rather ineffective. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma City center caught quite a bit of flack for his performance. It turns out there was a reason that the big man looked less than perfect, though: He was playing through an injury.

Perkins doesn't seem like the type of player to issue excuses, but one was given for him on Friday morning (courtesy Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski):

Playing basketball at the highest level with a "partially torn" anything is less than ideal, but starting in the NBA Finals with a torn groin is something else.

OKC kept the injury under wraps pretty well throughout the playoffs, considering Perkins started all 20 games the Thunder played in the postseason. However, maybe the team should have let everyone know that he was gritting out an awful injury, in an attempt to lessen some of the criticism.

Or, more logically, Scott Brooks could have looked to limit his center's playing time. That obviously wasn't in the cards either -- and now it makes even less sense as to why Perkins continued to find himself in the starting lineup.

For more on the Heat, head over to Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. ForThunder news and notes, visit Welcome To Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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About Damn Time: LeBron James Is An NBA Champion

LeBron James won his first NBA Championship on Thursday, and after two years of insanity on all sides, the Decision Era is finally dead.

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Cleveland, Dan Gilbert Congratulate LeBron James On NBA Championship

For all the bad mojo that surrounded Cleveland's response to LeBron James' decision to join the Miami Heat two years ago, cooler heads prevailed on Thursday after James and the Heat won the 2012 NBA Championship with a blowout win over the Thunder. Despite my bad joke to the contrary, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert -- who wrote an infamously nasty letter about LeBron's "betrayal" back in 2010 -- tweeted out a congratulatory note to both teams in the Finals.

Kevin Arnovitz noted a bit later that the term "Congrats LeBron" was trending in Cleveland. I'm happy to report that it appears we have all moved on from The Decision ... right?

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VIDEO: LeBron James Highlights Tell The Story Of The NBA Finals

LeBron James had a triple-double on Thursday as the Miami Heat won the franchise's second NBA championship with a clinching 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. SB Nation's Matt Ufford broke down exactly how LeBron and the Heat did it against a great Thunder team.

As you can see, LeBron continued to work out of the pinch post for much of the game, opening up the floor for Mike Miller's seven three-pointers (!), Dwyane Wade's frequent cuts to the rim and causing all sorts of mayhem for an opponent that never figured out a way to guard The Chosen One.

On the other end, James Harden continued his horrific Finals performance, and Russell Westbrook struggled by shooting 4-20. Kevin Durant was as brilliant as he always is, but it wasn't close to enough to get the OKC the win on Thursday.

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Chris Bosh's Champagne Celebration Is The Best Celebration

You knew Chris Bosh would come through in the clutch. As LeBron James had a nice moment with his trophies, Chris Bosh entered from just out of frame. Forget the trophies and LeBron for a moment: This was Bosh's time to shine.

Time to pop bottles and pour champagne like a Bosh.

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Always so dang giffable. Chris Bosh's championship face is better than his everyday face, which is a pretty high bar.

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And the extended version:

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Finally, let's loop it.

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It was all worth it for this. Fin.

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VIDEO: Meet Pat Riley At The Bar, Y'All

Pat Riley has remained remarkably stoic throughout the Miami Heat's playoff run. They won the championship on Thursday. Unleash the Riles.

Lock the doors, Floridians. Things are going to get out of hand.

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LeBron James Is Happy, In A Dancing Mood

Always really weird seeing LeBron without a headband, but this is great:

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Jump around, LeBron. You've earned it.

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Russell Westbrook: The NBA Finals' Scorpion King

Russell Westbrook has been a lightning rod for criticism during the NBA Finals, so Dan Grunfeld takes a look at the enigmatic Thunder point guard and comes to the conclusion that the guy is just a scorpion.

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Rebounding Is The Difference In NBA Finals For Heat

In each of the first four Finals games, the team that has won the rebounding battle has won the game. Chris Bosh has been terrific on the glass in three straight Miami wins while Kevin Durant has been terrible. Durant has to do better for Oklahoma City to prolong the series.

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NBA Finals: Odds Of A Thunder Comeback Are Not Good

The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't been without opportunities over the past few games, but the Miami Heat have been able to close games and take a 3-1 advantage in the seven-game series. The odds of beating the Heat aren't good with that deficit according to history, either -- especially in the NBA Finals.

There are obviously quite a few factors that need to be weighed when deciding the exact odds of a Thunder comeback and, luckily, there are smarter people out there than yours truly that have already done that research. The always excellent Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com wrote on the topic for ESPN earlier this year, concluding that it's at best going to be an uphill battle.

In situations like this, the coaching cliché is to take things "one game at a time," and that's actually pretty good advice. Historically, teams in a 3-1 hole have come back to win the series just eight times in 186 chances, a rate of 4.3 percent. In fact, just battling valiantly and forcing a sixth game is a big step -- teams down 3-1 have made it to Game 6 just 38.5 percent of the time since 1956. And there's certainly pride in merely living to fight another day.

Worse yet for the Thunder is that, thanks to the Finals 2-3-2 format, they'll have to attempt to force a sixth game away from the friendly confines of home. The odds of that happening historically, according to Paine, are even worse.

Historically, teams facing a 3-1 hole on the road have forced a sixth game just 29 times in 125 chances (23 percent). The simple knowledge that they must play Game 5 away from home implies just a 5-6 percent chance that both teams' seasons survive another night.

Oklahoma City's already beat the odds once when they showed enough resiliency to beat the San Antonio Spurs earlier this postseason, but can lightning really strike twice for the Thunder? We'll find out Thursday night!

For more on the Heat, head over to Peninsula Is Mightier and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For Thunder news and notes, visit Welcome To Loud City. And for news, analysis and everything else revolving around the NBA Playoffs, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Apocalypse Now: LeBron James And The Heat Are One Win Away

The Heat delivered again and again in Game 4, LeBron James is one win away from his first NBA championship, and after three straight victories, there's not much left to argue about here.

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