“The Heat they did it again! Best team in the world!” one fan shouted. Others chanted raucously: “Let’s go Heat! Let’s go Heat!”
The street celebration erupted in the closing seconds of the Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Miami Heat is NBA champions for the second season in a row as LeBron James poured in 37 points in the winner-take all 2013 NBA Finals finale as the Heat outlasted the San Antonio Spurs, 95-88.
LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami.
James made 5 of 10 3s, all the while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the Lakers in 2009-10.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978. Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and 16 rebounds.
“It took everything we had as a team, credit to the San Antonio Spurs,” Dwyane Wade told Doris Burke of ESPN on the floor after the final buzzer had sounded on a thrilling Game 7.
“They are an unbelievable team, unbelievable franchise. This was the hardest series we ever had to play but we’re a resilient team and we did whatever it took.”
Following a Heat timeout, James drained a 19-foot jump shot to push the lead back to two possessions. The Spurs would not score again. Miami closed out the series-clinching win with three free throws and the celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena was on.
James would be named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight season and the Heat were the first back-to-back champions in the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers won twice on the bounce in 2009 and 2010, writes the Huff Post.
In San Antonio, meanwhile, disappointed Spurs fans left viewing parties in a somber mood. Some waved Spurs flags anyway and honked horns in the streets. One cluster of fans cheered a passing pick-up truck emblazoned with the words: “Go Spurs Go!” But one Spurs fan said he would cry himself to sleep.
“The obvious word is ‘disappointing’.Tough end to the game. We made some bad decisions, missed some shots. I don’t know what to say,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said.
“Just give credit to the Miami Heat. LeBron (James) was unbelievable. Dwyane (Wade) was great. I just think they found a way to get it done. We stayed in the game. We gave ourselves opportunities to win the game, we just couldn’t turn that corner. They made more plays down the stretch, bottom line.”
While the Spurs hadn’t won it all since downing James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007, they averaged 55 wins during the six seasons since and had been up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder a year ago when it all fell apart. That 4-2 series loss stuck with them, reports the USA Today.