22 Jun 2013

Miami Heat win second successive NBA title

11:48 am on 22 June 2013

The Miami Heat have won their second successive NBA basketball championship, beating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the series deciding games seven in Miami.

Miami's LeBron James, the sport's biggest star had a game-high 37 points and pulled in 12 rebounds, being named the valuable player of the NBA finals for a second consecutive.

James shot 12-of-23 from the floor, including 5-of-10 three-pointers to lead Miami to their third NBA title and his second just two nights after the Heat's championship defence almost ended abruptly.

San Antonio, chasing a fifth NBA title, were just seconds away from clinching the championship on Wednesday before Miami staged an extraordinary comeback to win in overtime and force a decisive seventh game.

The visitors made a great start in game seven opening up a seven-point lead in the first quarter and by three late in the third quarter but came up just short.

Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs while Kawhi Leonard had 19 in the winner-take-all clash that had whipped basketball fans into a frenzy of excitement during a wildly fluctuating series full of escalating drama.

Courtside tickets for game which were initially selling for $22,000 were subsequently sold for close to $40,000, with the average ticket price for a seat at the game $1200.