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Jun 21, 2013

Heat and James hailed after second straight title

MIAMI (Reuters) – LeBron James and the Miami Heat were hailed on Friday after clinching a second straight NBA championship at the end of an enthralling seven game NBA Finals.

James, who scored a game-high 37 points with 12 rebounds, was named the Finals MVP for the second straight year after hurting the San Antonio Spurs with his mid-range jump shots and delivering a performance that earned him widespread praise.

Jun 21, 2013

LeBron takes place among the greats with magnificent Game Seven

MIAMI (Reuters) – LeBron James realized his dream of winning multiple National Basketball Association (NBA) crowns with the Miami Heat on Thursday with the Finals MVP delivering a magnificent 37-point performance to sink the San Antonio Spurs and defend the title.

James’s points tally was the highest in a Finals Game Seven in 44 years since Jerry West’s 42 for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics in 1969 and his display was worthy of a player now widely viewed as one of the greatest to have played the game.

Jun 21, 2013

‘Basketball Gods’ shine on Heat’s Battier

MIAMI (Reuters) – Shane Battier, benched earlier in the playoffs, delivered a masterclass in three-point shooting for the Miami Heat, playing a vital role in their 95-88 win in the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Battier made a postseason, career-high six three-point field goals as he scored 18 – his highest points total in a playoff game in four years.

Jun 21, 2013

Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs to repeat as NBA champions

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat repeated as National Basketball Association (NBA) champions on Thursday with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the decisive seventh game of an epic series.

Miami’s LeBron James, the sport’s biggest star playing at the peak of his powers, had a game-high 37 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in a dominant performance while Dwyane Wade had 23 points.

Jun 21, 2013

Miami beat San Antonio to repeat as NBA champions

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat repeated as National Basketball Association (NBA) champions on Thursday with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the decisive seventh game of an epic series.

Miami’s LeBron James, the sport’s biggest star playing at the peak of his powers, had a game-high 37 points and pulled in 12 rebounds in a dominant performance while Dwyane Wade had 23 points.

Jun 21, 2013

Heat, Spurs ready for ‘torture’ of Game Seven

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs face each other in the decisive seventh game of the NBA Finals on Thursday with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ready for another emotional roller coaster.

The Spurs were five seconds away from winning the title on Tuesday before a Ray Allen three pointer forced overtime where Miami triumphed to level the series.

Jun 19, 2013

LeBron dismisses critics in search of second title

MIAMI (Reuters) – LeBron James, one win away from a second consecutive NBA title, is refusing to let relentless critics shift him from his goal of earning a place as one of the game’s greatest.

Despite a remarkable 12 months that has included a maiden NBA title with the Miami Heat, leading the U.S. to a second straight Olympic gold medal and winning a fourth league Most Valuable Player award, James still has his critics.

Jun 19, 2013

Allen magic keeps Heat title hopes alive

MIAMI (Reuters) – Ray Allen has made more three pointers than any player in the NBA but with five seconds left and his team three points down on Tuesday, he had not made a single one in the crucial Game Six of the NBA Finals.

Miami’s only hope of keeping their series with San Antonio, and their season, alive was to make a basket from beyond the three point line and LeBron James tried his luck.

Jun 19, 2013

Heat rally from brink to set up Game Seven decider

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat forced an already absorbing NBA Finals to a deciding Game Seven after a thrilling 103-100 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday tied the series at 3-3.

Miami trailed by 13 points in the third quarter but LeBron James, ditching his trademark headband, turned on the afterburners to spark a Heat fightback.

Jun 18, 2013

Heat face crunch time in bid to keep Finals alive

MIAMI (Reuters) – An enthralling NBA Finals reaches Game Six later on Tuesday with the San Antonio Spurs one win away from clinching their fifth championship and the Miami Heat knowing they must win to keep their season alive.

The Spurs ended their run of three home games with an explosive 114-104 win over Miami on Sunday to go 3-2 up in the best-of-seven series, and history suggests that gives them the edge.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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