LeBron Leads Heat to 2nd Straight Title

James scores 37 points, nabs MVP

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 21, 2013 1:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBA's greats. For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away. James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.

Capping their best season in franchise history—and perhaps the three-superstar system they used to build it—the Heat ran off with the second straight thriller in the NBA's first championship series to go the distance since 2010. "I put a lot of work into it, and to be able to come out here and (have) the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate. The ultimate. I'm at a loss for words," said James, who was MVP for the second straight finals.

James holds the the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami.
James holds the the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh work during the first half.
The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh work during the first half.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
The Spurs' Tony Parker shoots against the Heat's Mike Miller during the first half.
The Spurs' Tony Parker shoots against the Heat's Mike Miller during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade shoots against the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili during the first half.
The Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade shoots against the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili during the first half.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Heat's Chris Andersen defends against San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker during the first half.
Miami Heat's Chris Andersen defends against San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Spurs' Kawhi Leonard defends against the Heat's LeBron James (6) during the first half.
The Spurs' Kawhi Leonard defends against the Heat's LeBron James (6) during the first half.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
James shoots against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half.
James shoots against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half.   (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)
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