We came here to win a championship and we got it done, Bosh said.
James, whos postseason performance will enter the pantheon of the sport, did it with force and might, throwing his 6-8, 250-pound frame at the rim for four rounds. He scored at least 16 points in the lane in each of his final seven playoff games. It was the longest such streak of his career.
[James] really took being the best player in the league to a different level and did it all season, Wade said.
Setting a new standard for postseason greatness, James had 13 games in the playoffs with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and James held the old record of 11 straight games with at least 25-5-5 in the postseason.
The Heat broke off a 10-2 run early in the third quarter to push its lead by to double digits. Chalmers drained his second three-pointer of the game less than two minutes into the quarter and Battier followed with his second triple.
Battier finished with 11 points and was 3 of 7 from three-point range. Chalmers had 10 points and was 2 of 4 from three-point range. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 19. The Heat shot 51.9 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range while the Thunder shot 41.4 percent.
Its tough, Durant said. Were going to continue to work hard. Im just blessed to be a part of this organization and hopefully we can get back.
Led by James urgency, the Heat began the game like a team ready to close out the series. James started the scoring with a soaring dunk and then slashed to the basket for a five-point burst midway through the period. Meanwhile, Bosh matched James aggression in the lane and Miller emerged from the bench to provide his most significant contribution of the series.
Miller literally limped into the game in the first quarter. He then started stroking three-pointers. Miller had more points by halftime (12) than he had in the series first four games combined (eight).
A lot of us dreamed of these situations, Miller said. Through the injuries, Im just glad they didnt take me back to the barn and put me down. Im just happy to be here.