June 21, 2013

Heat repeat as NBA Champions

LeBron James scores 37 points in Game 7 as Miami wins its second straight title, defeating a stubborn foe in San Antonio.

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Tim Duncan ,Chris Bosh
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Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs knocks away a shot by Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat – make that the champion Miami Heat – in Game 7 of the NBA finals Thursday night.

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LeBron James
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LeBron James remains at the top of the basketball world, coming up big in the biggest of games Thursday night as the Miami Heat remained the NBA champions by defeating the San Antonio Spurs.

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RECENT NBA CHAMPS

2013: Miami Heat

2012: Miami Heat

2011: Dallas Mavericks

2010: L.A. Lakers

2009: L.A. Lakers

2008: Boston Celtics

2007: San Antonio Spurs

2006: Miami Heat

2005: San Antonio Spurs

2004: Detroit Pistons

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who had been 4 of 4 in the championship round. Ginobili had 18 points but Parker managed just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

The Heat collected the Larry O'Brien again from Commissioner David Stern, presiding over his final NBA finals before retiring next February.

James avenged his first finals loss, when his Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs on 2007. That helped send James on his way to south Florida, realizing it would take more help to win titles that could never come alone.

He said he would appreciate this one more because of how tough it was. The Heat overpowered Oklahoma City in five games last year. This came against a respected group of Spurs whose trio has combined for more than 100 playoff wins.

Duncan is 37 and Ginobili will be a 36-year-old free agent next month, the core of a franchise whose best days may be behind.

Meanwhile, it's a potential dynasty along Biscayne Bay, but also one with a potentially small window. Wade's latest knee problems are a reminder that though he came into the NBA at the same time as James and Bosh, he's a couple of years older at 31 with wheels that sometimes seem older.

 

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