LeBron James and the Miami Heat kicked into high gear during Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals on Thursday night (June 20), and pulled out the win over the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the title on their home court.
King James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a tight, down to the last minute victory that finished 95-88. It caps off a season in which the South Beach franchise had the best season in franchise history.
“It took everything we had as a team,” Dwyane Wade said. “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.”
“I work on my game a lot, throughout the offseason,” added James, who was named the Finals MVP for the second straight time. “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.”
The Heat became the NBA’s first repeat champions since the Lakers in 2009-10, and the first team to beat the Spurs in the NBA Finals.