The Miami Heat Melt The Oklahoma City Thunder

The GRAMMY.com NBA Finals picks by Bow Wow, Chris Carrabba, Joe Deninzon, and Anthony Hamilton were right on the money
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    Bow Wow
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    Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba
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    Joe Deninzon
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    Anthony Hamilton
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    The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James
June 22, 2012 -- 12:01 pm PDT
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Last night, the Miami Heat bested the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five of the NBA Finals to claim the NBA championship, their second title in six years. Led by all-stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the upstart Thunder showed promise in winning game one. But the Miami Heat, catapulted by LeBron "King" James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the gritty play of Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier, proved to be too much in winning four consecutive games on their way to the ring.

As the city of Miami continues its raucous celebration, below we take a look at our NBA Finals artist picks originally presented last week. Out of eight analysts, 50 percent predicted the correct winning team, which is better than Kobe Bryant's career shooting percentage. Some of our analysts proved their basketball acumen in providing some ESPN-worthy analysis.  "This is LeBron's third time to the finals, and the third time should be the charm. He has a veteran mindset to the point that he should know how to get it," said Bow Wow.

Meanwhile, for Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, the win is extra special given he's a Heat fan. Despite picking the correct team, the results are likely bittersweet for Cleveland Cavaliers fan Joe Deninzon of Stratospheerius, who said, "It would be nice if the Heat had their a**es handed to them."

What was your take on the NBA Finals? Leave us a comment below.

Artist: Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional)
Position: Singer/songwriter
Favorite NBA team: Miami Heat
2012 NBA Finals prediction: Miami Heat in six games

 "I'm [going to] go with the Heat because of this seemingly new attitude from LeBron James. If he can stay as aggressive and focused as he was in the last few games of the semifinals … then I call six games. I don't really remember a series like this where you had the No. 1 and No. 2 players going head-to-head. You know that James and Durant are going to elevate each other's play. You might see Durant playing at a defensive level that he hasn't before."

Artist: Bow Wow (aka Shad Gregory Moss)
Position: Rapper/actor
Favorite NBA team: No preference ("I just love great basketball.")
2012 NBA Finals prediction: Miami Heat in six games

"This is LeBron's third time to the finals, and the third time should be the charm. He has a veteran mindset to the point that he should know how to get it. He and the rest of [the] Heat are tired of the media scrutiny, and LeBron knows what's at stake. He cannot lose to a 23-year-old Kevin Durant. You've got two of the top NBA players who are both signed to the same sports apparel company, which is Nike, so it should get kind of interesting."

Artist: Anthony Hamilton
Position: Singer/songwriter
Favorite NBA team: Charlotte Bobcats
2012 NBA Finals prediction: Miami Heat in six games

"I don't think it's going to be a blowout. I love both teams, but [I want] Miami to win it. I think LeBron's mentality has changed. He's not really concerned about all the judgment that's against him. He's really focused now. Kevin Durant is very versatile … and he's going to bring his A-game, but I take Miami."

Artist: Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius)
Position: Singer/violinist/songwriter
Favorite NBA team: Cleveland Cavaliers
2012 NBA Finals prediction: Miami Heat in six games

"The Thunder will put up a fight. They're an up-and-coming team and they're definitely going to be on the map for a long time to come, but the Heat is my guess. As a sports fan growing up in Cleveland — and getting used to having your heart repeatedly broken and ground into a fine powder — I, as well as most of my fellow Clevelanders, have a deep, deep hatred for LeBron James. It would be nice if the Heat had their a**es handed to them. Do I get prize for this?"

 

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