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His first trophy came on this day nine years ago with the Miami Heat.
But in 2012, the elusive ring finally came James’ way as the Heat faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, headlined by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden during the early stages of their career.
The series went just five games as Oklahoma City’s inexperience caught up to the squad, and James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh proved to be too much to overcome.
Miami won Game 5, 121-106, and, of course, James led the way for the Heat.
James scored 26 points to go with 13 assists, 11 rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 44 minutes. He shot 9-of-19 overall and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Mike Miller gave Miami a massive outing off the bench. The 3-point specialist poured in 23 points to lead all reserves as he made 7-of-8 shots from the perimeter.
Check out James’ post-game speech:
James won his second championship the following year, also with Miami.