Friday, June 21, 2013
MIAMI -- Miami Heat is victorious in Game 7 that gave another crown to the Lebron James solidifying the team and its leader their place as among the NBA's greats.
The San Antonio Spurs just let this championships slip away in game 6. James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory on Thursday night in a close game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.
"I work on my game a lot throughout the offseason," said James, who was MVP for the second consecutive Finals. "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."
James made five 3-pointers, defended Tony Parker when he had to, and did everything else that could be expected from the best player in the game.
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.
"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."
Players and coaches hugged afterward -- their respect for each other was obvious from the opening tipoff of Game 1 through the final buzzer.
A whisker away from a fifth title two nights earlier, the Spurs couldn't find a way to win it all in what was perhaps the last shot for Tim Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili to grab another ring together.
"In my case, I still have Game 6 in my head," Ginobili said. "Today, we played an OK game. They just made more shots than us. LeBron got hot. Shane (Battier), too. Those things can happen. But being so close and feeling that you are about to grab that trophy, and seeing it vanish is very hard."
They were trying to become the first team to win a Game 7 on the road since Washington beat Seattle in 1978, but those old guys ran out of gas just before the finish.
Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, but missed a shot and follow attempt under the basket with about 50 seconds left and the Spurs trailing by two.
James followed with a jumper -- the shot the Spurs were daring him to take earlier in the series -- to make it 92-88, sending San Antonio to a timeout as Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On" blared over the arena's sound system.
He then came up with a steal and made two free throws for a six-point lead, and after Ginobili missed, James stalked toward the sideline, knowing it was over and that he was, once again, the last one standing.
Wade had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who overcame a scoreless Chris Bosh by getting six 3-pointers and 18 points from Shane Battier.
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James delivered with 16-fourth quarter points and two in overtime, leading the Heat to a 103-100 victory and forcing one more game.
"I had a couple turnovers, couple mistakes," James said afterward. "I can live with those mistakes knowing I gave my all tonight. Live to see another day."
James and Ray Allen hit consecutive threes in the final 20.3 seconds of the fourth quarter, tying the score at 95-95 and producing the first overtime game of the series.
James' basket with 1:01 left in overtime put Miami ahead 101-100, and Allen made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left, making it 103-101.
Chris Bosh came out with two outstanding defensive plays, blocking a Tony Parker jumper with 32.2 seconds left and Danny Green's three-point attempt as time expired in overtime.
Bring on Game 7 Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ABC). It is the NBA's first Game 7 in the Finals since 2010 and the sixth Game 7 in the Finals since 1980.
"One game, that's it," said Allen, who played in the 2010 Finals' Game 7 with the Boston Celtics. "We gotta go out here and do our best and leave it out on the floor."
James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and kept Miami's hopes alive for a second consecutive NBA championship. It was his 11th playoff triple-double and his fourth Finals triple-double, including his second this series.
The San Antonio Spurs can finish Miami off Tuesday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, establishing themselves as one of the league's greatest franchises. If that happens the Heat's Big Three once again go from celebrated to devastated.
Lebron James needs to play his best in game 6 both offensively and defensively, he needs to will it for his struggling teammates. James needs to attack instead of shoot jumpers. For the Heat to be able to win Game 6 they need the same performance of Game 4 from their bigs.
Game 5 was dominated by the Spurs leading as much as 20 points. Spurs big three Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had a great performance for San Antonio. Danny Green hit his shots and defended Lebron well.
San Antonio Spurs will play in South Beach with a 3-2 lead, Miami Heat should be tough to defeat the Spurs. Will the Spurs hold momentum and secure the crown in game 6 for the fifth time, or will LeBron and the Heat stay alive Game 6 – Tonight: 9:00 pm ET (2am Wednesday BST)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
2012 NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Miami Heat, Game 5 Oklahoma City Thunder 106, Miami Heat 121
Miami heat won Game 5, 121–106, to win the trophy and the series, four games to one. OKC Thunder kept it close in the first half, but they were outscored by 14 in the third quarter, with Miami leading as much as 27 at one point. Miami was powered by strong performances of the big three LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Mike Miller, had a 7 for 8 for three-point performance with 23 points. Miller replaced Wade because Wade was in foul trouble in the first half, with Coach Erik Spoelstra telling the variously-injured veteran the Heat just needed him to hold the fort until the 2nd quarter began; when Miller hit two three-pointers, Spoelstra asked him if he could keep playing and Miller said yes, leading to 23 minutes on the court that were critical in blowing the game open for Miami. The team tied an NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers in a game with 14. With three minutes remaining in the game, both teams took their starters out of the game, with the Heat still leading by more than 20 points. With their Game 5 win, the Heat won their second NBA championship in team history, and the first for several Heat players, including James, who was named the NBA Finals MVP after averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists in the finals, capping it all off with his first triple double of the season in the final game.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant had 32 points, and 11 rebounds; Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 6 assists; and James Harden led the bench with 19 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds.
The Heat became just the third home team to sweep the middle three games of a Finals series since the NBA switched to the 2–3–2 format in 1985, the other two being their 2006 team and the 2004 Detroit Pistons. They also joined the 2004 Pistons and 1995 Houston Rockets as the only lower seeded team to win the Finals in 5 games or less. In addition, they became the first team to win the NBA Finals after trailing in three different series in the postseason, 1–2 against Indiana, 2–3 against Boston, and 0–1 against Oklahoma City. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are the only Heat players to win both 2006 and 2012 NBA championships for the Miami Heat, while head coach Erik Spoelstra earned a 2nd ring to go with the one he earned as an assistant for the 2006 team. The Heat's second title also made them the first franchise in the NBA's Southeast Division with multiple titles (the Atlanta Hawks won the title in 1958 while they were based in St. Louis, and the Washington Wizards won in 1978, while the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats have not won any NBA titles as of 2013) and they remain the only expansion team in the past 25 years to ever win a title, let alone two.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
2012 NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Miami Heat, Game 4 Oklahoma City Thunder 98, Miami Heat 104
Oklahoma City Thunder loss to Miami Heat in game 4, 104–98, Miami is now up three games to one in the series.
In the first quarter, Oklahoma City Thunder made a run and had a 33–19 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Miami Heat rallied and cut the Thunder's lead to 49–46 at halftime, Norris Cole made two huge three-pointers.
The game was neck-and-neck throughout most of the third quarter, with Miami holding a 4-point lead at the start of fourth period. For the final 16 minutes of the game, Russell Westbrook (made 43 points) and Kevin Durant (28 points) were the only two Oklahoma City players able to score. With the other Thunder players struggling to make their shots, Miami was able to pull away in the end. Heroics from LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade sealed the win for Miami.
LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points, including a clutch three pointer. He sit out the final two minutes of the game due to leg cramps. Mario Chalmers scored 25 points.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
2012 NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder Vs Miami Heat, Game 3 Oklahoma City Thunder 85, Miami Heat 91
Miami Heat won Game 3, 91-85, to lead the series two games to one. Miami Heat's halftime lead was 47–46 then the Oklahoma City Thunders began the third quarter barrage with a 10–4 run. They build a 10-point lead midway through the period. However, Miami scored the last seven points in the third quarter to regain the lead at 69–67. With 7:36 remaining in the game, the Thunder came back to retake the lead at 77–76, but the Heat then scored eight unanswered points to build an 84–77 advantage with 3:47 left. A 6–0 run by Oklahoma City pulled them within one point of Miami with 90 seconds left, but the Thunder could not score again for the rest of the game while the Heat made five insurance free throws.