This was by far the best game of the series. It was apparent that each team was tired, but they gave all that they had.
The game started out close with the Spurs taking an early lead. Miami, however, didn’t let that affect them. Slowly but surely, they were able to catch up and take the lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Spurs came out a little more rejuvenated and a little more energetic to start the second half. Budding superstar Kawhi Leonard was big in the third half, scoring nine points and ending the game with 19. However, it wasn’t enough to deter the Heat from going.
Battier, who ended with 18 points and went 6-8 from the three-point line, began the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, which gave the Heat the energy and motivation they needed. The Spurs, on the other hand, did not come back out with the same will to win.
Leonard and Duncan still did what they can, scoring 12 of the Spurs’ 17 fourth quarter points. Their efforts were overshadowed by their low shooting percentage (38 percent from the field) and costly turnovers.
They could have caught up as they were only down by four points with 27 seconds left in the game, but Manu Ginobili had a turnover and a missed shot, causing the Spurs to have to foul. Unlike San Antonio in game six, Miami made three out of the four shots ( made both while JamesDwyane Wade only made one).
The Miami Heat now have two NBA titles under the “Wade-James-Bosh Era” and James was named the MVP for the second year in a row. He joins Bill Russell and Michael Jordan as the only players to win consecutive regular season and NBA Finals MVP titles.
So, congratulations to the Miami Heat on another championship.