The critics can stop now. King James is finally a champion.
Behind yet another stellar effort from the regular season's most valuable player, the Miami Heat routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals as LeBron James won his first championship.
James, whose "I'll be taking my talents to South Beach" declaration angered the masses and made the Heat into leaguewide villians last summer, capped his stellar 2012 Finals with a triple-double. James scored 26, adding 13 assists and 11 rebounds as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the other two-thirds of Miami's "Big Three," poured in 20 and 24, respectively. Mitchell-native Mike Miller chipped in with 23 points on 7-11 shooting.
Kevin Durant scored 32 in a losing effort as the Thunder lost four straight following a Game 1 victory in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had just 19 on 4-of-20 shooting as the Thunder were felled by turnovers and poor 3-point shooting.