June 21, 2013 BY Brendan Dunne
The Miami Heat are your 2013 NBA Champions. The series came down to the wire, with the ultimate Game 7 down in South Beach providing the perfect proving grounds for the Heat. LeBron James played with his eyes on history, dominating the game and lighting up from beyond the three point line. Dwyane Wade was there in vintage form as well, chipping in with 23 points and grabbing 10 boards along the way. Those two names combined with the Heat’s strong supporting cast helped them get there, the confetti falling for them for the second year in a row as the fourth quarter came to its conclusion.
For what it’s worth, the Spurs fought with everything they had for those last 48 minutes of the season. The veteran team kept things close, but a missed layup by the aging Tim Duncan at the end of regulation seemed to seal their fate. They didn’t fall short on the blowout level that some expected after the exhausting Game 6, but they did indeed fall short. Is this just the beginning of a new era of Miami Heat dominance in the NBA, as suggested by LeBron James when he initially made his move to South Beach? Is this the swan song for the Ginobli/Parker/Duncan chapter in the Spurs’ story? Give us your thoughts below after you check the last set of NBA sneaker shots from this season, and the last from what certainly registered as one of the most exciting series the league has offered up in the new millennium.