The 2012 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2011–12 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the season’s playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeated the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder, 4–1, to win their second NBA title. Miami’s LeBron James was named the Finals MVP.
The Heat won Game 2, tying the series at one game a piece and giving the Thunder their first home playoff loss of the season. Miami never trailed, building a 27–15 first quarter lead, and holding a 17-point advantage at one point. The Thunder attempted a comeback in fourth quarter, and with 37 seconds left in the game, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant made a three-pointer to cut the deficit, 98–96. After the Heat failed to score on their next possession, Durant missed a shot near the baseline that would have tied the game. LeBron James led the Heat with 32 points.