NBA Finals: Miami Wins 2013 NBA Championship

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The Miami Heat won their 3rd NBA Championship on Thursday night. (Getty Images)

This one was for the blueprint. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh conspired to horde championships three years ago, and since then, they’ve done just that. While many a pundit opined to shatter the three-star mold, Miami’s stars rose to the occasion when called upon over the last two games of these NBA Finals, and delivered a second straight championship. LeBron James led the Heat with a 37-point, 12-rebound performance, and his jumper with 27.9 seconds remaining sealed the 95-88 victory for the Heat.

“This is what we came together for!” Dwyane Wade screamed during the jubilant post-game celebration.

“This team is amazing, and the vision that I had when I decided to come here is all coming true,” LeBron James said. “Through adversity, through everything we’ve been through, we’ve been able to persevere and to win back-to-back championships. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

After Chris Bosh and Ray Allen rescued Miami’s season from the brink of elimination in Game 6, the tension of Game 7 picked up right where the previous contest had left off. Neither team could seize control of the game, as it was tied 11 times and the lead switched hands seven times. It wasn’t until the final minute of regulation that the Heat were able to cushion their margin.

“This was a tremendous game,” Heat head coach Erik Spolestra said. “It wouldn’t end any other way.”

While the end was in question throughout, when LeBron James stole Manu Ginobili’s pass with 23.8 seconds after a great defensive hedge from Chris Bosh, the team could finally exhale. And it was James’ brilliance, both defensively and from the perimeter, that paced his team. James hit five three-pointers and consistently buried the mid-range jumpers that the San Antonio Spurs were conceding to him, all while nearly erasing Tony Parker on the other end.

“I work on my game a lot throughout the offseason,” said James. “I put a lot of work into it and to be able to come out here and have the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate. The ultimate. I’m at a loss for words.”

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Heat vs Spurs: 2013 NBA Finals Preview

2013 NBA FinalsPeter Holt and I talked about getting together in the Finals in 2000,” Miami Heat managing general partner Mickey Arison said during Monday night’s Eastern Conference Championship trophy presentation. “It took fourteen years, but we’re looking forward to welcoming San Antonio to Miami.”

While this specific match-up might not be fourteen years in the making, the sentiment still carries weight. This was the match-up many people expected to see last season, before Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder crashed the party. This match-up features two organizations that took divergent paths to the same destination, Miami building its core largely through free agency while San Antonio opted to develop a core through the draft.

“We think it’s fitting to face them,” Heat head coach Erik Spolestra said of facing the Spurs in the Finals.

Spolestra harped on the “similar fabric” woven into the tapestry of the two clubs, and referenced the “mutual respect and consistency of culture”. He went on to say the team “wanted to face the Spurs” in 2007, but their championship defense fell considerably short.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” league MVP LeBron James said of his opportunity to exercise the demons of those 2007 Finals with this 2013 series.

And these 2013 NBA Finals present an intriguingly similar set of approaches to the game. The teams’ playoff statistics are near mirror images, as they are within one percentage point of each other in Field Goal percentage (MIA 47.2%; SA 46.9%), Three Point percentage (MIA 35.6%; SA 36.2%) and Opponent Field Goal percentage (MIA 42.9%; SA 42%). The teams are also within one point in Offensive Rebounds per game (MIA 9.6; SA 9.3), Plus/Minus (MIA 9.6; SA 10.1), and Assist-to-Turnover Ratio (MIA 1.5; SA 1.96).

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