NBA: Spurs can’t handle the Heat as LeBron steals the show for Miami
Miami Heat retained their NBA crown with victory over San Antonio Spurs in what was a dramatic ending to the series. Heat overcame Spurs 95-88 in game seven of the finals.
San Antonio were seconds away from victory in game six – only for Miami to fight back to claim a 103-100 victory in overtime to take the series to a decider. With courtside seats selling for up to £19,350, the penultimate game of the finals was billing up to be a classic, with hype surrounding one of the biggest games in the sporting calendar.
LeBron James, the star of professional basketball, was named MVP for the season and few could argue with two star performances against San Antonio. In game six, James netted 32 points taking the game to a decider, and netted an impressive 37 points in the final to ensure that the Heat would be keeping the title in Miami.
“To be able to come onto our floor and do it, it’s the ultimate,” said James, who had faced questions about his performances in key matches.
“I can’t worry about what everybody says about me. I am LeBron James from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m blessed.”
Spurs looked strong in the first quarter, taking a seven-point lead in the first quarter. The Heat were able to reduce the deficit to just three points in the third quarter and San Antonio ultimately could not hold on for victory in the final quarter.
Miami were worthy in victory and it made for sensational viewing from start to finish. NBA commissioner, David Stern, labelled the series as a “championship for the ages” which had “captivated a global audience”.
San Antonio will be kicking themselves after coming so close to ousting last year’s victors and now back-to-back champions, Miami Heat. Despite letting their opportunity slip, Spurs were more than worthy of their place in the finals and only a scintillating performance from James kept them tasting success.
Miami Heat have now managed to wrap up two championships in three years, and will be looking to make it three out of four when the NBA kicks off again.
Thomas Bradley, sports correspondent