Miami Heat

LeBron James leads Miami Heat to second championship title in a row

King James was simply dominant against the Spurs in the decider, and has joined Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the only players to be back-to-back finals MVP. Photo: Reuters

After two years of almost-constant basketball, James still found a way to be at his absolute best in game seven of the NBA finals. He scored 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and controlled everything down the stretch, as the Heat won the title with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 3:40am

Pressure now on Heat to win back-to-back

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra responds to a question during a news conference for the NBA Finals basketball playoff series in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: Reuters

Miami has struggled to win two straight games deep in the playoffs, which comes as a surprise to a team that recorded the second-longest winning streak of all-time in the regular season.

The Heat are looking for their second consecutive NBA title after compiling a league-best 66-16 record which included a 27-game winning streak.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:18pm

Miami Heat player fined US$5,000 for flop

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (centre). Photo: Reuters

The incident took place 5:53 into the second quarter of the contest at AT&T Centre, which the Heat won 109-93 over the San Antonio Spurs to knot the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Wade, James power heat past spurs in NBA finals

Miami Heat's LeBron James tries to shoot against San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan during the first half of game four of the NBA Finals basketball series. Photo: AP

LeBron James made good on his promise and Dwyane Wade got his swagger back as the Miami Heat rebounded from a crushing loss in game three to level the NBA finals at 2-2. Wade had a throwback game by finishing with 32 points and six steals while James had a game-high 33 points as the Heat defeated San Antonio 109-93 at the ATT Centre arena.

15 Jun 2013 - 5:04am

Lebron hangs his head in shame after Spurs rout

Lebron James. Photo: AP

LeBron James looked at the cameras and reporters packed fivedeep around him in a quiet, frustrated post-game locker room and made a simple declaration.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:52am

D-listers crash party in NBA finals

Danny Green and Gary Neal. Photo: AP

The finals opened as such a juicy matchup of A-list stars. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the Heat against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the old guard Spurs. Big Three v Big Three. Winners take all.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:52am

Miami Heat are the NBA team to beat

LeBron James. Photo: AP

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Miami Heat in 2010, teaming up with Dwyane Wade to form the "big three", James famously promised "not one, not two, not three" NBA championships.

6 Jun 2013 - 4:48am

Miami Heat beat Indiana Pacers to set up NBA finals with San Antonio Spurs

The Heat's Dwyane Wade shoots under pressure from the Pacers' Roy Hibbert during the Eastern Conference finals play-off decider. Photo: AP

David Stern can rest easy now, because the last championship series he will preside over as commissioner won't be the ratings bust that a Spurs-Pacers final would have been. Miami and San Antonio is about as good as the league could have hoped for.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:52am

Pacers set up series decider with 91-77 win over Heat

Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert shoots a hook shot over Miami Heat centre Joel Anthony in the fourth quarter. Photo: EPA

Roy Hibbert did everything but pull out the boxing gloves in game six, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and continually contesting Miami's shots to help Indiana stave off elimination.

3 Jun 2013 - 3:40am

LeBron James' 'The Look' inspires Heat to beat Pacers 90-79

Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives between the Indiana Pacers guards during game five in the Eastern finals. Photo: AP

LeBron James said a few words at half-time to try and coax something more out of the Miami Heat. Turns out, whatever he said was unnecessary. The look on his face was all the Heat needed.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Udonis Haslem breaks out to help give Heat series lead

Miami's Chris Bosh reacts after getting called for a foul against Indiana's Lance Stephenson in the third quarter of game three. Photo: AP

The Indiana Pacers did not see this version of Udonis Haslem coming. There was no reason to.

Haslem, a veteran forward who had scored in single digits in six of his previous seven play-off games, finished with 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting to help the Miami Heat beat the Pacers 114-96 in game three of the Eastern Conference finals.

28 May 2013 - 3:24am

Pacers gain edge over Miami 97-93 in Eastern Conference final series

Pacers' Roy Hibbert dunks the ball on his way to postseason career-high of 29. Photo: AP

David West was more than a little disappointed when the Indiana Pacers failed to make a defensive play at the end to win game one of the Eastern Conference finals. So in game two, he made those plays himself. Twice, in fact.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Indiana Pacers confident of beating Miami Heat in game two

Frank Vogel

Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a play-off game on the road against the reigning NBA champions Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralise the Indiana Pacers.

Or not. "Our belief," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said, "has strengthened."

25 May 2013 - 5:14am

Miami Heat beat Indiana Pacers in overtime thriller

Lebron James

LeBron James made a buzzer-beating lay-up in overtime as the Heat narrowly escaped a shock loss on their home court and beat the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat - his ninth post-season triple-double.

24 May 2013 - 4:51am

Miami-Pacers confrontation should be a far cry from 2012 encounter

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Erik Spoelstra, mad chemist that he is, started Dexter Pittman in game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Pacers. Predictably, that lab experiment blew up in Spoelstra's face like the unstable concoction it was, and, if memory serves, set off a chain reaction of panic that left many wondering whether the Heat's grand gamble was doomed.

22 May 2013 - 5:17am