Heat Top Spurs in Decider to Claim Second Straight NBA Title
The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in a decisive seventh game to clinch a second straight National Basketball Association championship.
The Heat join the 1994 Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers of 1988 and 2010 as the only teams to win the last two games of the championship series at home since 1985.
San Antonio failed to win a fifth title and to become the first team to take Game 7 on the road since Washington beat Seattle in 1978. Home teams have now won six straight deciders and 15 of 18 in total.
The Heat have won twice in three straight visits to the title round since LeBron James joined from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Dallas Mavericks won in Miami in Game 6 in 2011 to earn their first NBA title and the Heat took five games to overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder last year.
Miami, which won 27 consecutive regular-season games this year for the second-longest run in NBA history, won two straight games for the first time since sealing a series victory against the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs on May 15.
Miami locked up its third NBA title as it became the first team to successfully defend since the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers.
San Antonio failed to win the title for the first time in six Finals appearances. Only the Bulls, who went 6-0 in the championship round with Michael Jordan, are undefeated among teams who have contested the Finals multiple times.
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