Coming into the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, everyone knew what to expect from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but it was the role players who would help swing the game for the Heat.
The Miami Heat are NBA Champions for the third time in seven years and the one constant through all of that time has been superstar guard Dwyane Wade.
The Miami Heat put together one of the best regular seasons in recent memory thanks in large part to a 27-game winning streak. But it also secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and that could be a deciding factor on where the Larry O’Brien trophy stays for the next year.
And then there was one. One game to decide the value of a year’s worth of work trying to become NBA champion. For one team, it’s one last shot at glory as the window is nearly closed on a historic run and for the other, immortality winning back-to-back championships.
The Miami Heat had no more mulligans left to play Tuesday night when Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals tipped off. It was either win, or the team was on a one-way trip to an early summer vacation. The Heat fought back from a double-digit lead and forced overtime where Miami held the Spurs off just enough to get a 103-100 victory which forces a Game 7 Thursday night.
It’s all right in front of Tim Duncan now, and the big fella can feel it.
The Miami Heat came back to the AT&T Center looking to take a 3-2 lead with the series set to return to South Florida. Instead, the Spurs’ hot shooters stayed hot and San Antonio’s 114-104 victory sends the series back to South Florida.
The Miami Heat entered Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals knowing they couldn’t go down 3-1 to a San Antonio Spurs team trying to capture another championship. So, the Heat did what they have done so many times the last three years, rode the Big Three to victory.
The Miami Heat entered Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs knowing they couldn’t lose and go down 3-1 in the series and have a chance of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy. But the Heat’s Big Three responded like the three All-Stars that they are, combining for 82 points and lead Miami to a 109-93.
For most of the NBA season, the Miami Heat has rolled out the same starting lineup. But with their backs against the wall in Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra may be ready to bench Udonis Haslem.