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Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs to win back-to-back NBA titles

By Leo Reyes     Jun 21, 2013 in Sports
Miami Heat survived a last minute rally by San Antonio Spurs in the last quarter of Game 7 to win a back-to-back NBA titles in their home court at the American Airlines Arena in Florida Thursday night.
Final score was 95-88 with LeBron James leading the Heat's top scorers at 37 points while Tim Duncan who led the scoring for the Spurs had 24 points.
The dying minutes of the last quarter saw the Spur's defense collapsing with bad ball handling that caused unnecessary turnovers in favor of the Heat as Manu Ginobili lost at least two good passes along the sideline in dying seconds of the game.
The Spurs dominated the first quarter, scoring 13-8 halfway into the first quarter but Chris Andersen tie the score at 15-15 less than a minute into the quarter. The first quarter ended with the Heat on top at 18-16.
In the second quarter, Heat's Shane Battier fired a 3-point shot to give his team a 5-point lead but the Spurs retaliated quickly to slash the Heat's lead to only one point.
The Spurs displayed great ball handling with quick conversions to tie the score at 27 with seven minutes in the the second quarter. A quick layup and a 3-point conversion by James gave Heat its biggest lead of six points halfway into the quarter.
It was a low scoring first half that ended with a 46-44 score in favor of the Heat.
The pace of the game continued in the third quarter with both teams taking the lead and losing it as they get closer to the final quarter. A dunk by James followed by a 3-point shot by Mario Chalmers gave the Heat a one point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter at 72-71.
Following the Heat's victory, James joins Bill Russell and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to win back-to-back MVPs & NBA titles in the regular season. He is also the fifth player to win consecutive Finals MVP awards.
It was the first back-to-back NBA title and second NBA championship title for Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.
Starting lineup for the Heat include James, Wade, Chalmers, Bosh and Neal while the Spurs had Parker, Green, Duncan Ginobili and Leonard.
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