Chalmers becomes Alaska's first NBA champion

Anchorage Daily NewsJune 21, 2012 

Mario Chalmers became Alaska's first NBA champion and scored a rare basketball hat trick Thursday in Miami.

The 2005 Bartlett High grad contributed 10 points, seven assists, two rebounds and two steals in the Miami Heat's championship-clinching 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

An NBA champion in his fourth season as a pro, Chalmers now owns championships at all three levels of competition -- high school,college and NBA -- a claim only a handful of men can make.

Chalmers, 26, won two high school championships, helping the Golden Bears to state titles his freshman and sophomore years. He won an NCAA Division I title his junior year at Kansas, making the cover of Sports Illustrated for his clutch 3-pointer with the clock winding down to send the championship game into overtime.

Chalmers turned in a 25-point effort on Tuesday, his best game of the playoffs.

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