MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Many people in South Florida are probably suffering from a Heat hangover Friday morning after celebrating the Heat’s NBA championship.
Fans swarmed the streets across downtown Miami, Westchester, Hialeah and Kendall pumping their fists; uncorking champagne and banging their pots and pans after the Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
It was a winner-takes-all final game that left fans in a frenzy around the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Downtown Miami is back to business after the big celebration but there’s an even bigger celebration being planned for Monday at the official Championship Parade.
Fans are fired up.
“We’re champions, that’s all I can say. We fought hard,” said one fan dressed up in a white gorilla suit wearing a Heat jersey.
“The rowdy crowd packed Biscayne Boulevard long after the final buzzard sounded for Game 7. They set off fireworks and some marked the occasion with toilet paper confetti. While many didn’t have tickets to the game, they showed up anyway just to be close to the center of the celebration.
“I love this. I knew they were going win,” said one fan.
“Amazing win, great season. It was a roller coaster ride the whole way through. I am glad we won,” said another fan.
With screams, cheers, honking horns, pots, pans, drums and even someone blowing a giant conch shell; fans showed their love for the Heat loud and proud.
A huge portion of the fans who celebrated outside the AAA didn’t actually go to the game. Tickets were quite pricy but partying in the streets until dawn with a few thousand of your closest friends, well that’s absolutely free.
Lt. Ignatius Carroll of the City of Miami Fire Department said early Friday that authorities had gotten no reports of major problems arising from the post-game celebrations. He said there had been no gun-related incidents as of 1:30 a.m., with the main problems arising from fans jumping on cars and limousines outside the arena soon after the Heat won.
He added a heavy police presence near the arena helped maintain control.
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