MIAMI (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second successive NBA title with the Game 7 triumph at the AmericanAirlines Arena Thursday night.
Lebron James scored 37 points and 12 rebounds in the win, with Dwyane Wade adding 23 points and 10 rebounds for Miami.
“It took everything we had as a team to win this one,” an elated Wade told reporters after the game.
“This was the hardest series we’ve played and credit to the San Antonio Spurs.
“We are thankful and blessed. Two championship titles in three years is an unbelievable feat.”
Shane Battier scored 18 points, including 6-for-8 from three point range, while Mario Chalmers added 14 in the victory.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also echoed that this series was the hardest his team faced.
“That was the toughest series we’ve ever been in,” Spoelstra said.
Tim Duncan led the San Antonio Spurs with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, with Kawhi Leonard adding 19 points and 16 boards in the defeat.
James was once again named the NBA Finals MVP.