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Final: Heat 95, Spurs 88 (Miami wins NBA Championship)

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  June 20, 2013 08:28 PM

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Final: Heat 95-88: LeBron James was great when the Heat needed great, draining a 19-footer with 27.9 left and the Heat prevailed for a thrilling win and a second consecutive title. James scored 37 points along with 12 rebounds and five 3-pointers. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and Mario Chalmers scored 14. Shane Batter scored 18 off the bench on 6-for-8 3-pointers. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 24 points while Kawhi Leonard scored 19.

Fourth quarter, 39.0, Heat 90-88: Well, well, well, we have a classic. It's Miami's ball after Tim Duncan missed a layup and putback that could have tied the game and Kawhi Leonard earlier missed a 3-pointer that could and put the Spurs ahead. San Antonio needs a defensive stop and Miami can seal the game with a score. Legendary stuff.

Fourth quarter, 3:06, Heat 88-85: This will go down as one of the great Game 7s of all time as neither team will relent. LeBron James hit a jumper, Tim Duncan comes back with two free throws, LeBron James hit another jumper. Manu Ginobili responds with a 3-pointer. Shane Battier hits hit sixth 3-pointer of the game, and Duncan responds with a conventional 3-point play. Miami is 12-for-31 on 3-pointers in the game, which has made the difference.

Fourth quarter, 5:37, Heat 83-77: The Spurs haven't been the same since that Mario Chalmers banked 3-pointer to end the third quarter. Miami is on a 14-6 run since then and it is a couple of possessions away from sealing the game. LeBron James has been stellar with 31 points on 10-for-19 shooting and five 3-pointers. Dwayne Wade has 20 points while Mario Chalmers has 15 and Shane Battier 14. Ray Allen has yet to score.

End of third quarter, Heat 72-71: This is setting up to be a great finish as neither team is playing well but they are playing well enough to go toe-to-toe, basket-for-basket. After Manu Ginobili hit a runner with four seconds left, Mario Chalmers hit a 28-foot banked 3-pointer to end the quarter. LeBron James has 28 points while Tim Duncan has 17.

Third quarter, 2:36, Spurs 65-64: LeBron James is having one of those games, the same type of game he did in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics two years ago when his 3-point shot was clicking. He has 26 points on 5-for-8 3-point shooting with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Dwyane Wade has 18 points on 9-for-16 shooting. The Spurs are being led by Kawhi Leonard, who is a grown man out there with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Third quarter, 8:02, Heat 54-52 The offenses are beginning to warm up and Kawhi Leonard is developing into a star, already with 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs are staying close. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are carrying the Heat as they expected to when the Big Three came together. They have 36 points on 14-for-26 shooting.

Halftime, Heat 46-44: It's been a sloppy first game with 15 combined turnovers and 34-for-84 shooting but the combination of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have came to play with a combined 29 points on 12-for-23 shooting. The rest of the Heat are 7 of 21. Tim Duncan has 13 for San Antonio and Tony Parker has added 10 but the Spurs are shooting 35 percent and are 2-for-7 from the 3-point line. Danny Green is 0-for-2.

Second quarter, 8:40, Heat 25-22:: Shane Battier has been the star for far, hitting three 3-pointers as the Heat have responded from a 15-10 deficit. Both teams are still shooting until 40 percent and LeBron James has 4 points on 1-for-4 shooting. The Spurs are 9-for-27 shooting and Tony Parker has 6 points.

First quarter, 2:12, Spurs 15-10: Games 7s are rarely fundamental classics and this is no different. The two teams have combined for seven turnovers and 11 for 33 shooting. The Spurs have attempted seven more shots than the Heat but are mistake silly mistakes with poor passes and ill-advised shots.

Well this is the last NBA game of the season and the NBA world can focus on the Doc Rivers' situation. Will it be the Heat or Spurs tonight? Both teams appear prepared for another all-time great game.


San Antonio Spurs

PG Tony Parker
SG Manu Ginobili
SF Danny Green
PF Kawhi Leonard
C Tim Duncan

Miami Heat

PG Mario Chalmers
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Mike Miller
PF LeBron James
C Chris Bosh

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