The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA Champions after claiming Game 7 at home over the San Antonio Spurs 95-88. LeBron James was the player of the game, the man of the moment and the NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year. The San Antonio Spurs gained a lot of new fans in this series and performed to the usual high standard that their existing fan base has come to enjoy.
Take nothing away from the Spurs, they were amazing but there can only be one winner and the Larry O’Brien trophy is staying put in South Beach for another 12 months. Here’s a rundown of what happened to wrap up this epic NBA Finals series…
- LeBron James was incredible again scoring 37 points while also contributing 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Shane Battier, presumed in another country or maybe even dead during this series popped up to hit 6 of 8 from downtown for 18 points.
- Tim Duncan missed a layup that could have changed things significantly, late in the game. He wasn’t at all happy about it but Duncan was incredible during this series, kudos to a legend.
- Bill Russell is not easily entertained these days.
- Manu Ginobili committed four turnovers, all of which were in the fourth quarter and really it felt like 14 turnovers.
- Danny Green shot 1 of 12 from the field and was probably guilty of trying to do too much. An amazing NBA Finals from this kid but he really needed to put the ball on the floor a lot less in this game.
- Speaking of Green, he and Tony Parker shot a combined 11-54 in Games 6 & 7.
- If you’ve ever wanted to leave LeBron James a voicemail message, now is the time:
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- However, please be aware that just because you left LeBron a message, it doesn’t mean you can get into the locker room post-game. Poor Drake… but not really.
- The Birdman is an NBA Champion. A far cry from the 2005 Dunk Contest as well as some other not so proud moments in his life that shall remain unmentioned.
- Maybe it was the t-shirts?
- Dwyane Wade was the perfect side-kick in this game contributing 23 points, 10 rebounds and some exquisite intangibles.
- There was a time when people said LeBron James’ jump shot was unreliable. Well, not anymore:
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- Heat assistant coach and former player Keith Askins broke out the cigars early!
- 21 year old Spur Kawhi Leonard also had a magnificent Finals series, capped off by 19 point, 16 rebound performance in Game 7. The future is bright for this kid.
- T-Mac ended his hopeful playoff run with the Spurs having played 31 minutes and shooting 0-7. Tough break. (via TBJ)
- Oh, and it’s cool, Drake got into the after party, in case you were wondering.
All in all, this was one of the best NBA Finals series of all-time. The ups and downs, the drama and the high level of competition was an absolute joy to watch. Both teams did themselves extremely proud and will be back to challenge again next season.
Can the San Antonio Spurs mount one more challenge with the old firm? Are the Miami Heat just getting started? Who knows… We can’t wait for next season.
Remember, the NBA Draft is coming up on Friday, June 28th (AU time) on ESPN.