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luni, 24 iunie 2013

Miami Heat win NBA title

LeBron James, his legacy as one of the game's greats now secure, led the Miami Heat to their second straight National Basketball Association (NBA) title on Thursday with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

LeBron James, his legacy as one of the game's greats now secure, led the Miami Heat to their second straight National Basketball Association (NBA) title on Thursday with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
James, the sport's biggest star playing at the peak of his powers, dominated the decisive seventh game of an epic series through a combination of athleticism, pinpoint shooting and sheer force of will.
James, the sport's biggest star playing at the peak of his powers, dominated the decisive seventh game of an epic series through a combination of athleticism, pinpoint shooting and sheer force of will.
The critics who slammed him when he left his former team Cleveland to join Miami in search of an elusive championship ring, then questioned his nerve when the Heat lost the 2011 Finals to Dallas, were silenced.
The critics who slammed him when he left his former team Cleveland to join Miami in search of an elusive championship ring, then questioned his nerve when the Heat lost the 2011 Finals to Dallas, were silenced.
When it really mattered, in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a Game Seven decider, he scored a game-high 37 points and pulled in 12 rebounds.
When it really mattered, in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a Game Seven decider, he scored a game-high 37 points and pulled in 12 rebounds.
The vision that I had when I decided to come here is coming true," said James, who was also named Most Valuable Player of the Finals for the second year in a row."Through adversity, through everything we've been through, we've been able to persevere and win back-to-back championships. It's an unbelievable feeling.
The vision that I had when I decided to come here is coming true," said James, who was also named Most Valuable Player of the Finals for the second year in a row."Through adversity, through everything we've been through, we've been able to persevere and win back-to-back championships. It's an unbelievable feeling.
Miami were the overwhelming favorites to take the title after winning a franchise-record 66 games during the regular season, including 27 in a row, the second longest streak in American professional sports.
Miami were the overwhelming favorites to take the title after winning a franchise-record 66 games during the regular season, including 27 in a row, the second longest streak in American professional sports.
But they met their match in San Antonio, an ageing team who had collected four championships since 1999 but whose best days were supposedly behind them.
<br /> But they met their match in San Antonio, an ageing team who had collected four championships since 1999 but whose best days were supposedly behind them.
The Spurs were just seconds away from clinching the championship in Tuesday's sixth game before Miami staged an extraordinary comeback to win in overtime and force a winner-takes-all decider.
The Spurs were just seconds away from clinching the championship in Tuesday's sixth game before Miami staged an extraordinary comeback to win in overtime and force a winner-takes-all decider.
It's no fun to lose, but we lost to a better team," San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said. "And you can live with that as long as you've given your best. It was a great series, and we felt that. I don't know if 'enjoy' is the right word, but in all honesty, even in defeat, I'm starting to enjoy what our group accomplished already.
It's no fun to lose, but we lost to a better team," San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said. "And you can live with that as long as you've given your best. It was a great series, and we felt that. I don't know if 'enjoy' is the right word, but in all honesty, even in defeat, I'm starting to enjoy what our group accomplished already.
NBA Commissioner David Stern described the wildly fluctuating series as a "championship for the ages" which had "captivated a global audience" with its escalating drama.
NBA Commissioner David Stern described the wildly fluctuating series as a "championship for the ages" which had "captivated a global audience" with its escalating drama.

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