The scene was familiar for the Miami Heat after their Game 7 victory last night over the San Antonio Spurs.
It was just one year ago, that Lebron James was hoisting the Larry O’ Brien trophy for the first time in front of the home fans in American Airlines Arena. Last year’s NBA finals seemed like a piece of cake with the Heat defeating Kevin Durant and the Thunder 4 games to 1. This time around the veteran San Antonio Spurs were not going to make it that easy. Going into last night’s Game 7, neither team had lost two games in a row in the NBA Finals.
Last night’s contest was all on the shoulders of James and he delivered. The MVP carried his team down the stretch making shot after shot, finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals. James talks about his style of play and what he had to do to play at his best.
Lebron did have some help in securing the Heat’s second championship in a row, especially from his right hand man Dwyane Wade. Wade put together a solid performance finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and James gushes about the play of his partner in crime.
Wade has now won three championships with the Heat dating back to his first in 2006, and he talks about what this third ring means to him.
There was one other player who made noise for the Heat last night and that was Shane Battier. Battier was on fire from the three point line shooting 6 of 8 from long distance while finishing with 18 points. This came as a shock to everyone as Battier was non-existent in the first six games of the NBA Finals shooting just 6 of 19 from behind the arc. In a postgame interview Battier said, “it’s better to be timely than good.” Wade discusses Battier’s play in Game 7.
With the success this Heat team has had, including the back to back NBA championships, many are saying a possible dynasty is forming. With James being only 28 years of age, and a healthy Wade for the 2013-14 season, it’s very possible to see the Heat in the NBA Finals yet again next season. Heat president Pat Riley says that big things are ahead for this team.
The Heat became just the sixth team in NBA history to win back to back championships.