Friday, June 21, 2013

2013 NBA Finals

"Listen, I can't worry about what everybody says about me. I'm LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I'm not even supposed to be here. That's enough. Every night I walk into the locker room, I see a No. 6 with James on the back. I'm blessed. So what everybody says about me off the court, don't matter. I ain't got no worries."
Game 7: MIA 95, SAS 88
Miami became the sixth franchise in NBA history to win consecutive championships. LeBron James became two-time NBA Finals MVP in a season when he was the league's MVP for a fourth time. He joined Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the only players in league history to win back-to-back Finals MVPs and regular-season MVP awards. James had 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 95-88 victory against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, capturing their second straight championship. James shot 12-for-23 from the field and also had 12 rebounds and four assists. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds. They combined to shoot 23-for-44 from the field. They took turns hurting the Spurs from the perimeter, which was the key to their success. They scored 10 of the Heat's final 13 points. Their production was sprinkled in with Shane Battier, too, who scored 18 points on six 3-pointers. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Danny Green shot 1-for-12 from the field after being seemingly unstoppable through five games. The Spurs' best threat came when they pulled to within 90-88 on a 3-pointer by Kawhi Leonard with two minutes left. They got no closer because of missed opportunities and turnovers.

Game 6: MIA 103, SAS 100 (OT)
The Spurs led by five with 28 seconds left in regulation before the Heat went on a 6-1 run, capped by Ray Allen's 3-pointer from the corner to force overtime. LeBron James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to pace the Heat. James also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for a triple-double. He now has tallied nine playoff triple-doubles and the last four triple-doubles in The Finals. Mario Chalmers added 20 points while Dwyane Wade had 14. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan's 30 points and 17 rebounds, but the Heat held Duncan to just five points after halftime. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds but missed a free throw in the final 30 seconds of regulation, leaving the door open for Allen's 3-pointer.

Game 5: SAS 114, MIA 104
Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and had 10 assists to lead the Spurs and the Heat could not overcome their 60-percent shooting. Tony Parker led San Antonio with 26 points and Danny Green scored 24, shooting 6-for-10 from the 3-point line. Green set an NBA Finals record for most three-pointers in a series (25) by surpassing Ray Allen (22), and he's shooting 66 percent beyond the 3-point line (25-for-38).

Game 4: MIA 109, SAS 93
LeBron James reasserted his MVP credentials, and his Big Three cohorts showed up mightily, totaling 85 points tonight and each shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. James scored 33 points, and Dwyane Wade (32 points) and Chris Bosh (20 points) came in with their best games of this series by far to even it at 2-2 with two days off before Game 5. The Spurs got 20 points from Tim Duncan and 15 more from Tony Parker, who was scoreless in the second half while playing through a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring that surfaced during Game 3 on Tuesday. James passed the Houston Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th in all-time playoff scoring tonight.

Game 3: SAS 113, MIA 77
San Antonio Spurs Danny Green and Gary Neal each delivered career-playoff highs -- Green 27 points in 30 minutes and Neal 24 in 25 minutes -- and the Spurs set a Finals record with 16 three-pointers. The Spurs "Big Three" combo of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker now have won 100 postseason games, second all-time to Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

Game 2: MIA 103, SAS 84
The Heat forced 16 turnovers after allowing the Spurs to play virtually mistake-free in Game 1 when they had just four turnovers. Mario Chalmers had 19 points, making 6 of his 12 shots from the field, including a pair of three-point plays during the Heat's decisive run late in the third quarter. His production helped make up for a bit of an off game from LeBron James, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Heat also got double-figure scoring games from Ray Allen (13) and Chris Bosh (12) to offset James' struggles.

Game 1: SAS 92, MIA 88
Tony Parker made a bank shot with 5.2 seconds left to help the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Miami Heat on Thursday. Parker finished with 21 points and six assists.  LeBron James led the Heat with a triple-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Tim Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to have 20 points and 14 rebounds in a Finals game at 35 or older. Abdul-Jabbar had two such games.

More information:
» Miami Club Owner Comps the Heat's $100,000 Champagne Bill
» Top 10 Plays of Game 6 OT Thriller
» Danny Green Sets Record for Most 3-Pointers in NBA Finals
» Tracy McGrady, 34, is Finally in the Finals

"The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagements. You ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or in defeat. Let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment." The mantra in LeBron James' locker is borrowed from Bruce Lee.

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