Heat Win Second Straight NBA Title

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Despite winning the NBA title last season, the Miami Heat were followed around by an ample supply of doubters and naysayers all year long, but just like last year, they have been silenced.

Led by 2012-2013 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, the Heat captured game seven of their Finals series with the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 95-88 to win their second straight championship. The game and the series lived up to the hype, as each team traded blows, until the Heat stole game six and became the first team in the series to win back-to-back games, which gave them back-to-back titles.

However, even after reaching the top of the basketball world for the second year in a row, the Heat praised their worthy opponent before anyone else.

“It took everything we had as a team,” said Dwyane Wade, who scored 23 points and collected 10 rebounds in the game seven victory. “Credit to the San Antonio Spurs, they’re an unbelievable team, an unbelievable franchise. This is the hardest series we ever had to play. But we’re a resilient team and we did whatever it took.”

Though Wade’s contributions in the final two games were crucial to Miami coming out on top, fittingly, it was the league’s MVP James who shined brightest in game seven. As the clocked ticked down, James hit jumper after jumper, ending the night with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and the NBA Finals MVP trophy in his hands.

“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.”

Meanwhile, for the Spurs, the heartbreaking loss could mark the end of one of the finest eras in NBA history. Though San Antonio will likely be strong again next season, its big three – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – aren’t getting any younger and may not have enough in the tank to make another title run together. Then again, young Spurs stars such as Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green – who set the NBA Finals record for three-point makes – emerged, showing the Spurs have talent to build a new dynasty around.

However, after three Finals appearances in three years, the only NBA dynasty is in Miami at the moment. We here at Interbasket would like to officially congratulate the Miami Heat on their 2012-2013 NBA Championship and we look forward to another great year for basketball in 2013-2014!

 

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