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LeBron James leads Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA Championships

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It wasn’t easy, but LeBron James and the Miami Heat dismissed the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night to become back-to-back NBA Champions with a grueling 95-88 victory in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

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James took home his second straight Finals MVP on the heels of an impressive 37-point, 12-rebound performance when his team needed it most in the last game of the season.

Knocking down jumper after jumper, LeBron finally made the Spurs pay for daring him to shoot hitting 5-of-10 from long range on the night.  His sidekick Dwyane Wade ignited the spark for the Heat early with a 14-point first half barrage of his own on a series of left wing mid-range jump shots.  Wade finished the night with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Forgotten man Shane Battier, playing the role of Mike Miller in last season’s championship run, nailed 6-of-8 three pointers for the Heat in this pivotal Game 7 victory from Miami on his way to 18 huge points on the night.

While the Heat collectively knocked down big shots and made huge plays towards the end of the game, the veteran and 4-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs faltered uncharacteristically down the stretch.  Manu Ginobili, after playing a sound first three quarters in Game 7 in comparison to his 8-turnover Game 6 performance, turned the ball over three times in the closing quarter while Tim Duncan missed a seemingly easy hook in the lane and a subsequent offensive rebound tip-in that would have tied the score at 90-all with less than a minute remaining in the contest.

Tony Parker, the Spurs engine throughout their improbable playoff run, struggled mightily on a night when his team needed his best scoring just 10 points on just 3-of-12 shooting from the field.

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