The Miami Heat on Thursday night finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the NBA finals. Mario Chalmers, former Kansas point guard, earned the title with the Heat.
Chalmers in 2008 won the NCAA title with Kansas. He was named the MVP of the final four in Kansas’s magical run. With the title last night, Chalmers became the second former Kansas player to have won a NCAA title and NBA title. Back in 1952, Clyde Lovellette won the title with Kansas. Then in the NBA, the big man won three titles. The first came in 1954 with the Memphis Lakers, then two more came with Boston in 1963 and 1964.
Chalmers scored 10 points in game five, after totaling 25 huge points in game four. The Heat didn’t need Chalmers to score on Thursday as others on the roster stepped up. Reserve forward Mike Miller scored 23 points in connecting on 7-8 three-point field goals. Chris Bosh scored 24 points, and finals MVP Lebron James enjoyed a triple-double. James scored 26 points, and had 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Back to the drawing board for two former Kansas players on the Oklahoma City roster. Cole Aldrich finally saw some playing time in mop-up duty and Nick Collison also played a little on Thursday. Both players scored two points for the Thunder.