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NBA Finals 2012 MVP: LeBron James Takes Home Coveted Award

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Finals Championship trophy after they won 121-106 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 22, 2012

LeBron James is MVP of everything.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player absolutely dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder for five games as he rightfully added Finals MVP to his resume.

Game 5 was more of a team effort for the Heat, as six players scored in double figures and Mike Miller, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James all had at least 20 points.

But it was James who conducted the three-point making orchestra as the Heat pummeled the Thunder by a score of 121-106 to take home the title. 

James tallied 26 points, but his real contribution came when he pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 13 assists, as the Heat drained 14 three-pointers on just 26 attempts. 

Ho-hum. Triple-double to win the NBA championship. Just another day in the life of LeBron James. This epic close-out performance, of course, was really just the icing on James' finals cake. 

During this series, he averaged 28.6 points on 47 percent shooting, 10.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. 

He elevated his game to a level that few can even dream of, and there is no question he deserved to take home the 2012 finals MVP. 

The question on everyone's mind now is simple: What's next?

James had fared pretty horribly during his first two finals appearances with Cleveland and Miami, but now that he seems to have finally taken his game to the next level and proven he can dominate on the biggest of stages, the sky is the limit. 

The best player in the NBA can now go forward without the "pressure" of winning a ring. In the words of Wale, he can just let it loose (hey). He can just be free, play his game and continue to rule over the NBA. That has to be a little scary for the rest of the league.

Tonight, it's the Finals MVP. Tomorrow, it's the world for LeBron James. 

 

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