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Chalmers becomes Alaska's first NBA champion

Brian Mahoney
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, right, acknowledges the fans as Mario Chalmers, left, Joel Anthony, second from left, and Udonis Haslem look on in Miami, Monday, June 25, 2012. Thousands of people filled the arena for the Heat NBA Championship celebration.
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The Miami Heat basketball team is greeted by fans at the arena in Miami, Monday, June 25, 2012. The Heat celebrated their NBA Championship victory with thousands of fans.
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Miami's Mario Chalmers drives to the basket past Oklahoma defenders during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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NBA legend Bill Russell presents the most valuable player award to the Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) after Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Friday, June 22, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 121-106 to become the 2012 NBA Champions.
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Miami's Mario Chalmers passes the ball past Oklahoma's Nick Collison during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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Mario Chalmers celebrates with teammate Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of game 5 as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in the NBA champioship, at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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Miami's Mario Chalmers works past Oklahoma's Thabo Sefolosha in the first quarter during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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Mario Chalmers reacts after a play during the third quarter of game 5 as the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 in the NBA champioship, at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
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Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) passes as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends during the first half at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Miami.
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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) from Republic of Congo, Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15), point guard Russell Westbrook (0) and shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) watch the ball fall at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 121-106 to become the 2012 NBA Champions.
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Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) passes as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends during the first half at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Miami.
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Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant , left, and Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) are separated during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Miami.
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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) from Republic of Congo yells at Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers after Chalmers and the Thunders' Kevin Durant had been separated during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA finals basketball series, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Miami.
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Mario Chalmers of the Miami Herald reacts after hitting a three pointer in the fourth quarter during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat looks to pass against Kevin Durant, left, and Serge Ibaka of the Miami Heat during the third quarter in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat goes to the basket against Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers goes up for a basket against Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
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Jordan Jamestown of West High defends as Mario Chalmers of West High brings the ball down the court during a basketball match up at West High School.
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James gives teammate Mario Chalmers a kiss on the head after having a conversation with him during a timeout in the fourth quarter in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida on Sunday, June 17, 2012.
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Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers takes a three-point shot in the first quarter during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
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Bartlett's Mario Chalmers drives down the court as Robbie Champion of Wasilla keeps pace in a basketball game at Bartlett High School.
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New West High coach Antonio Wyche and Mario Chalmers talks with basketball camper Shaquan Rhoades, of Eagle River High at Bartlett High. Former Bartlett High basketball star and current member of the NBA Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers, holds a basketball camp at the high school on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
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Mario Chalmers of Bartlett moves the ball downcourt during a game against Service March 14, 2003.
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Kansas' Mario Chalmers (15) makes a cut from the net after the Jayhawks 75-68 win over the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, April 7, 2008.
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Kansas' Mario Chalmers (15) puts up a game-tying three point shot against Memphis to send the game into overtime during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, April 7, 2008. Kansas defeated Memphis, 75-68.
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Kansas Mario Chalmers (15-center) celebrates the Jayhawks 75-68 win over the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, April 7, 2008.
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Mario Chalmers shakes hands with Bartlett High School students Tuesday. Mario Chalmers' high school basketball jersey was retired at a ceremony at Bartlett High School on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Chalmers, a point guard for the Miami Heat, won two high school basketball state championships at Bartlett before going on to the University of Kansas, where the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA championship.
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Mario Chalmers is introduced to the audience. Mario Chalmers' high school basketball jersey was retired at a ceremony at Bartlett High School on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Chalmers, a point guard for the Miami Heat, won two high school basketball state championships at Bartlett before going on to the University of Kansas, where the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA championship.
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Mario Chalmers, guard at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, is taken out his last high school game by his father and coach Ronnie Chalmers on Saturday, April 2, 2005. His team took fourth place in the Alaska large school state tournament.
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Mario Chalmers, a guard at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, puts a shot up in the Alaska state tournament Saturday. His team beat West Valley High of Fairbanks to take fourth place in the tournament.
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Asiah Parris, a sophomore cheerleader at Bartlett, shows excitement standing next to NBA player Mario Chalmers at a school assembly on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Mario Chalmers' high school basketball jersey was retired at a ceremony at Bartlett High School on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Chalmers, a point guard for the Miami Heat, won two high school basketball state championships at Bartlett before going on to the University of Kansas, where the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA championship.
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Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily NewsBartlett's Mario Chalmers goes up for a shot during a game against the Chugiak Mustangs in January this year. 040106
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Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily NewsBartlett's Doug Hardy, left, defends Wasilla's Aaron Roth. Bartlett's Mario Chalmers defends the far side.030110 1/10/03 Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High
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Bartlett's Mario Chalmers keeps the ball out of the hands of Wasilla's Buddy Bailey in the first half.
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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.


By BRIAN MAHONEY
Anchorage Daily News