Heat star Dwyane Wade began the morning with this Tweet: “WOW..God is good..congrats to the city of Miami... yall deserve this moment...WORLD CHAMPION..#TeamNoSleep I love you guys...”
The critics have been silenced. The “Dream Team” did it. They have done what they said they would do two years ago. Win the NBA Championship. The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to secure their 4-1 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
Once the win was official, fireworks went off. Thunderous celebration echoed across South Florida. In households, sidewalks and street corners from coast to swamp, and how did fans celebrate this momentous win?
With pots, pans, baking sheets, ladles, spoons and any kind of kitchen utensil that made noise. Lots and lots of noise. Cars added to the celebration, laying on their horns as they crept by and motorcycles revved their engines. It seemed that few people would sleep in Hialeah on Thursday night. The sidewalks of West 49th Avenue in Hialeah swelled with fans in Heat jerseys, chanting and cheering, “Let’s go Heat!”
Miami-Dade County Officials announced a victory parade has been scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2012, with festivities beginning at 9:00 a.m., and the actual parade starting at 11 a.m. and ending at noon. The Miami Heat will then enter the American Airlines Arena for an additional celebration.
The parade route will begin at the corner of Southwest 8th Street and Second Avenue, continue east along 8th Street, then turn north onto Brickell Avenue. Marchers will proceed across the bridge, continue north on Biscayne Boulevard and end at the American Airlines Arena.
Lebron James shared his excitement with fans through his Twitter account saying: “I think it just hit me, I’m a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!”