Heat vs. Thunder Highlights: Recapping Best Moments of 2012 NBA Finals

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJune 22, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat defends against Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of 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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The Miami Heat have defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. It only took five games to decide the series, but plenty of incredible plays happened over that short time span. 

Aside from Game 5, both teams fought tooth and nail in each contest, and either side could have won every single one of those games.

Let’s take a look at the top highlights from the Finals.


Game 1

The Thunder ended up mounting an epic comeback on their home floor to seal their only victory of the series.

Kevin Durant dropped 36 points (17 of which came in the fourth quarter), grabbed eight rebounds and teamed up with Russell Westbrook to absolutely annihilate the Heat in the second half.

Take a look at KD going off in the clutch:


Game 2

Miami built a 17-point lead at one point but barely held on for a critical road win that allowed them to eventually close out OKC in South Beach.

James Harden had his best effort of the series with 21 points off the bench, but it was not enough. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the way for Miami, but Shane Battier also did his part, draining five triples to finish with a big 17 points. 

Check out Battier’s daggers:


Game 3

Because of the 2-3-2 nature of the Finals, Game 3 took place in Miami, and the Heat capitalized.

OKC looked well on its way to victory with an eight-point lead in the third, but King James had other ideas.

LeBron led all scorers with 29 points and had a game-high 14 rebounds.

Here are some of LBJ’s dominant Game 3 moments:


Game 4

This was a must-win game for OKC, and the Thunder almost pulled it off. 

But the Heat had other ideas, rallying from a 17-point deficit in a game that will be best remembered for LeBron's cramps in crunch time. 

Before James had to be carried off with two minutes to go, he helped put the Heat ahead for good with a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

Playing with a noticeable limp, the league MVP made this one count:


Game 5

This blowout sealed the deal for the Heat and, at long last, delivered a ring to King James.  

It was never close, and Mike Miller was the unlikely hero, as he buried seven of his eight three-pointers and scored 23 points.

LeBron had another triple-double and earned a Finals MVP nod for his efforts.

Check out the highlights here:


This was an incredible series, and there is a good chance we will see both teams back here next season. They are tops in the league, and the play we witnessed in the Finals proved it.