"Let's go Heat! Let's go Heat! Let's go Heat!"
The chants from inside the American Airlines Arena seemed like they never stopped, just like the Miami Heat. Using a relentless but balanced offensive onslaught, Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-104 on Thursday night to claim their second NBA Championship.
Led by LeBron James, who punched in a triple-double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, the Heat had three additional players scoring more than 20 points, including a sensational performance by Mike Miller, who scored seven three-point shots.
"This is a dream come true for me," LeBron James later said. After he was asked what the first thing that went through his mind was: "It's about damn time." He called it the greatest day of his life.
Response on Twitter
Mentions of 'Heat' reached more than 389K in the past day alone, and 'Thunder' reached 130K in the past 24 hours. Both team's mentions dwarf the use of the official hashtag, #NBAFinals, which reached only 40K uses on Twitter.
Top 2012 NBA Finals Game 5 tweets