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Friday, 21 June 2013 09:17

Dynasty in South Beach

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat made it back-to-back NBA championships -- and third since 2006 -- with a gritty 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James made it happen. The Heat superstar poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. With the Heat nursing a two-point lead, James secured the victory with a 19-foot jumper with 27.9 seconds left. He and added two free throws four seconds later. James made 5 of 10 3s, all while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the L.A. Lakers in 2009-10. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. The Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the final two games at home. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978. San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
 
Meanwhine, Miami Heat fans swarmed from downtown bars and rushed cheering and screaming into the streets late last night after their team won its second straight NBA championship. Heat fans by the thousands streamed into the area surrounding the American Airlines Arena to exchange high-fives and hugs, blow whistles and simply scream. Some climbed atop street signs and a railroad crossing. "It's euphoria in the city of Miami," said Alex Vailon, a 20-year-old Miami resident. "How many teams have took two in a row?" Several, actually, but for last night at least, Miami fans were not interested in history lessons.