Ballin: LeBron James got his first triple-double of the season in the clinching game of the Finals, becoming just the second player ever (James Worthy was the first) to pull off that little move. 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists — which notched 34 points for the Heat, meaning LeBron helped on 60 of the team’s 121 points — and one complete obliteration of every preexisting narrative. Amazing.
Not so much: Who cares.
Bounce with me: This is how you celebrate your first championship when it’s a blowout, I guess.
So much great stuff in this jump scene — Shane Battier’s efficient and controlled bounces, Joel Anthony’s face, how obviously happy LeBron is, remembering when Dexter Pittman was a storyline in these playoffs for like two seconds. It’s great.
Tracking: Fourth quarter scoring in the series, which no one cares about now — Kevin Durant 49, LeBron James 35. Considering Durant had 33 in the series’ first two games, pretty fair.
Game: That third quarter, which the Heat won 36-22, was so action-packed that you could fill an entire highlight pack with just clips from those 12 minutes. Five threes, three steals, three blocks, Mario Chalmers and Kevin Durant throwing down, Derek Fisher tanking LeBron James and getting a flagrant then hacking Dwyane Wade on the very next play, LeBron telling Mario Chalmers to stop celebrating, Chris Bosh’s hilarious three when he wouldn’t cut baseline because he wanted to hit a three so bad and then did it and dropped a finger gun. Just an amazing quarter.
Birthday bros: I’ve never been more proud to share a birthday with Mike Miller.
This guy needs to retire IMMEDIATELY. Seven threes in the clinching game of the NBA Finals, zero functioning joints and he walks worse than Juwan Howard. Now is the time to go.
Hoop dreams: Last night’s win made Juwan Howard the only member of the Fab Five to win an NBA title. And he did it in style, coming in with two minutes remaining and taking a tough jumper THEN COMPLAINING TO REFS FOR A FOUL CALL WITH LESS THAN TWO MINUTES REMAINING WHEN HIS TEAM IS UP 20. Also retire, because this is a greatest unchill moment of your life.
Dear mama: One last tender moment for Kevin Durant and his family.
Expect to see this clip again whenever the Thunder get a championship DVD.
Fun facts: Sometime in the future, there will be a trivia question asking who scored the last basket during the game when LeBron James clinched his first championship. The answer, naturally, is Lazar Hayward. Write that down.
Other things: Nike’s LeBron title commercial is amazing … Very funny but not surprising that Udonis Haslem handled Erik Spoelstra’s Gatorade bath all by himself … No one wanted to celebrate with Shane Battier, probably because he has those weird bumps on the top of his shoulders that look like the start of some wings … Here is Juwan Howard stealing some dude’s hat in the aftermath of Game 5 … Thanks for reading this year. Stick around for the summer because we’re going nowhere.