When it was over, when the clock reached zeros, a zero remained in Chris Bosh's scoring column.

As the confetti fell late Thursday night and the Miami Heat prepared for Monday's championship parade down Biscayne Boulevard, some wondered not only why Bosh was emoting to the point that he almost choked on one of those flakes of confetti, but also how the embraces from teammates could be so unconditional.

But he knew.

And they knew.

At the moments of truth, with a season teetering in the balance, Chris Bosh stood tallest.

Which is all he has been asked to do since his arrival in the 2010 offseason.

In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, there was his offensive rebound that led to his assist on Ray Allen's season-saving 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation in the overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs that paved the way for Thursday's Game 7. He closed Game 6 by blocking a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Danny Green with 1.2 seconds to play in the extra period.

And then in Game 7, Bosh's first scoreless performance in 742 games, there was the rebound of the second of Tim Duncan's point-blank shots at the rim with 42.6 seconds left, with the Heat up by two. The Spurs never would draw closer.

Moments later, big emotions from the Heat's most versatile big man, his confetti-choking moment an instant YouTube sensation.

"They always say the second one is the hardest," he said in a reflective moment. "I see why they say that now. It was a hell of a ride and just to be able to do that with that special group of guys, it makes that much more memorable."

Bosh offered his comments beside a beverage display case outside the Heat locker room. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers were summoned to the podium on championship night. Bosh was not.

On championship night, he wasn't even the third wheel to James and Wade. He was closer to the fourth or even fifth wheel, at least when it came to external inspection.

But inside the locker room, inside the coaching suite, the confidence has been resolute, unconditional.

He fits this team at this moment. It is why he was on the court during those Finals moments of truth. It is why he again will go face to face with confetti in a lead role Monday.