NBA Finals 2012: Miami Role Players Carry Heat to NBA Title

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 22, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat reacts in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I guess it wasn't just the Big Three, after all. 

Yes, LeBron James absolutely dominated the NBA Finals and carried the Miami Heat to their second championship in seven years, but during Game 5's 121-106 drubbing of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was the Big Six. 

Miami looked less like a team reliant on three superstars and more like the San Antonio Spurs circa Round 1 of these same playoffs.

The Heat were a well oiled machine, and with LeBron James as the conductor, they poured in 14 three-pointers at a ridiculous 53.8 percent clip.

In essence, it was a simple performance from the Heat.

Drive, kick, knock down the three. Drive, kick, swing, knock down the three. Drive, score at the basket. It was simple in that they made it look so easy, but it was a brilliant and beautiful performance that, honestly, we had never seen from the Heat during these playoffs.

Usually, it was LeBron and Wade combining for about a million points or one of the big three carrying them to a win, but that changed this series. 

Shane Battier was huge during Games 1 and 2 and Mario Chalmers was huge during Game 4, but there was never a team performance like the Finals-clinching win in Game 5. 

Mike Miller—yes, the Mike Miller who can barely walk—drained seven (!) three-pointers in eight attempts and poured in 23 points to go with five rebounds. 

Mario Chalmers had 10 points and seven assists. 

Shane Battier hit three three-pointers and added 11 points. 

Oh, and the Big Three weren't bad, either. Dwyane Wade had 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks, Chris Bosh had 24 points and seven rebounds and LeBron put together one of the most impressive Finals-clinching performances of all time—he dropped 26 points to go with 11 rebounds and 13 assists.


In case you lost count, that is six players in double figures (they hit that mark by the third quarter) and four, including Mike Miller, who racked up at least 20 points.

For a team that could never put it all together at the same time, it's only appropriate that they were able to put forth the most dominating and impressive performance of the season during the most important win of the season. 

It's just something you don't see all that often. Usually you go with "what got you there," but the Heat went with so much more. 

LeBron James deservedly took home the Finals MVP, but the Game 5 MVP was undoubtedly LeDwario Mioshier.