DAR Sports: 2013 NBA Finals- Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs

By @TrueGodImmortal 

LeBron James. One of the most popular players today, likely the most popular and quite possibly the best player in the game today. After LeBron went through multiple seasons of turning the Cavaliers into a solid playoff team and earning MVP awards, he reached a point where he was tired of coming up short where it mattered in the playoffs. With just one finals appearance under his belt during his run with the Cavaliers, LeBron decided to take his talents to South Beach and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. His first season saw him lead the team to the Finals in 2011, before suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The next year would prove to be the best one for LeBron and the Heat as LeBron finally got the ring he had been chasing for nearly 10 seasons with the 2012 Finals victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 2012-2013 season would prove to be a great one for the Heat and for LeBron, as they went 66-16 and finished with the no. 1 seed in the East while the Spurs would finish with the no. 2 seed in the West. Their paths to the Finals would be fairly interesting as the Heat would sweep the Bucks in the first round, defeat the Bulls in 5 games in the semifinals and be taken to 7 games by the Pacers in the conference finals. The Spurs would sweep the Lakers, then be taken to 6 games by the Golden State Warriors, before sweeping the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals. The stage was set for an epic NBA Finals.
Could LeBron get his second championship with the Heat? Or would the Heat fall to the Spurs?

*Game 1

-The Spurs came in with a vengeance looking like they were ready for battle, but so were the Heat. The Heat and Spurs would have a good back and forth game before Tony Parker hit the go ahead shot to close out the game and secure the victory 92-88 for the Spurs to take a 1-0 series lead. LeBron would have a triple-double scoring 18 points, pulling down 18 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Parker would end up with 21 points and 6 assists.

*Game 2

-Now, with the Heat suffering a tough loss in game 1, it seemed as if they would have to fight much harder in game 2, and that they did, pulling off an amazing 103-84 victory to even the series up at 1-1. The game was close up until the third quarter where the Heat went on a 33-5 run and closed it out with 5 players in double digits, as Mario Chalmers had 19 points and LeBron had 17 to led the team.

*Game 3

-After that loss, you would have to expect the Spurs to come back tough and they did. A blowout victory for the Spurs allowed them to go up 2-1 in the series as they defeated the Heat 113-77 in what wasn't a true one sided game until the 4th quarter when the Spurs outscored the Heat 35-14. Regardless, the Spurs took the victory led by Danny Green with 27 points and ended up setting a NBA Finals record for the most three pointers in a game, with 16. It was the worst playoff loss in franchise history for the Heat.

*Game 4

-The story in these games for the most part is that it is usually always close when we get to halftime and then one team dominates the second half. The Heat would be victorious and control the second half in this game, as they evened up the series 2-2 with a 109-93 victory over the Spurs led by LeBron who had 33 points. Duncan had 20 points to lead the Spurs but couldn't manage to get his rhythm to produce in the second half. Tied at 2-2, the pivotal game 5 would be next.

*Game 5

-What may seem like a tough game was mostly controlled by the Spurs, though both teams played extremely hard. Both Wade and LeBron came with their best, as Wade finished with 25 points and 10 assists and Bron had 25 points and 6 rebounds while Ray Allen knocked down 5 three pointers and finished with 21 points. However, the Spurs would see amazing production from their players as Danny Green once again had a great performance scoring 24 points and hitting 6 three pointers breaking a previous record at the time for most 3 points in a Finals series. Tony Parker would finish with 26 points, Ginobili would supply 24 points and 10 assists and Duncan would finish with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with a 114-104 victory.

*Game 6

-Basketball fans know the story here. This game is summed up in two words: Ray Allen. While this is widely seen as the "headband game", as LeBron lost his signature headband during the 4th quarter, the story comes down to the Spurs getting careless and losing the game in the final seconds. As the Spurs had a solid 94-89 lead, they let LeBron hit a three off of an offensive rebound to make the game 94-92 with 20 seconds left.  It seemed as if the Spurs had the championship won regardless as the celebration had started to begin and the Spurs made the error of apparently benching Tim Duncan, which came back to haunt them as the Spurs had no one to grab the rebounds and allowed the Heat to come back into the game at the final minutes. With the score 95-92, LeBron missed a shot in the final seconds but Bosh pulled down the rebound and kicks it out to Ray Allen would hits the shot heard around the world, tying it at 95-95 and taking the game to overtime. The Heat would survive in what has been called one of the greatest NBA Finals games period, and force game 7 with a 103-100 OT victory to make it 3-3 in the series. Tim Duncan played superb for the Spurs finishing with 30 points and 17 rebounds, while LeBron had a triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

*Game 7

-The Spurs should have been home celebrating a victory from game 6, but instead they were here fighting to win in game 7 and unfortunately they would come up short. The Heat would win the game 95-88 and take the series to become the NBA Champions led by LeBron and his 37 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs kept it close in this game, but a solid performance from Shane Battier would be very vital as he defended Duncan well in the last minute of the game and scored 18 points on 6 three pointers as well. For the Spurs, the loss had to be heartbreaking, as they were so close to having the title, but unfortunately they couldn't pull out the win.

LeBron and the Heat would celebrate their 2nd championship and enjoy a back to back NBA title run on their 3rd straight Finals appearance. This series was entertaining and truly one for the ages, with enough drama in each game to remind you of the excitement of the NBA. For LeBron, it had to be rewarding to not only win his 2nd title, but his second NBA Finals MVP as well.

Your 2013 NBA Champions, Miami Heat!



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