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.”