“This is the ultimate. I’m at a loss for words,” James said of the Heat 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Thursday in the final game of the best-of-seven series.
“I’m LeBron James from Akron, Ohio – from the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here.”
The Miami Heat dynasty is now officially off and running as the San Antonio Spurs let one slip away.
And finally, James grabbed another championship ring and added his second NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award in a row to go with it, securing its place as one of the greatest players in NBA history.
James capped his season with a game-high 37 points and 12 rebounds as he became only the ninth player to win multiple NBA Finals MVP awards, joining Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Willis Reed.
He averaged 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and seven Assist in the finals and had the highest NBA Finals, marking the seventh game since 1969 when Jerry West scored 42 points against the Boston Celtics.
Wade, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, earned his third championship ring and one of only two Heat players, including Udonis Haslem, even all three championship teams of Miami.
“We go through life so fast,” Wade said. “The championships I’ve won it seems the more they went past me so quickly.
“Tonight I want to take a minute, take a moment and just soak it in. It was a special moment for me.”
James struggled to find his way in the first part of the series but his overall performance was brilliant and even Jordan-like, especially the way he had to step out of his comfort zone on offense and make any Spurs ‘defenders will give him.
“Viewed my film, and my mind began to work and I said, ‘OK, this is how they are going to play me for the whole series.”
“I looked at all my regular-season stats, all my playoff stats, and I was one of the best mid-range shooters in the game. Is taken me a career high from the 3-point line.
“I just said to myself, not ‘Do not abandon what you’ve done all year. Never abandon now because they are going under. Never force the paint. Whether it’s there, take it. If , take the jumper. ‘
“I did a good job in four games. I take lots of shots as I would like from the outside in five games, but I kept getting into the rhythm of it, just telling myself that everything you’ve worked on, the repetition, the skill, the off-season training, no matter how big the stakes are, no matter what is in the line, just go with it. And I be able to do that. ”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said in game seven it comes down to the mid-and long-range jump James’ shot.
“As the series went on, he realized that the shot would be open and the biggest games, the greatest moment, those are the shots hit him,” Spoelstra said. “And that was the difference tonight.”
The Heat need a miraculous comeback to win six games against Spurs in overtime to earn the title, which takes its place alongside Miami 2012 and 2006 championships over Oklahoma City and Dallas respectively.
“We only started,” Heat guard Mario Chalmers said.
James said winning feel better but not getting any easier.
“Last year when I was sitting up here, with my first championship, said it was the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” James said.
“This year I’ll say last year I was really wrong. This is the toughest championship right here, between the two.
“I mean, everything we had gone through the post-season, especially in the finals. We each odd game.
“We’re scratching our lives for six games, down five with 28 seconds to go. To be able to win the game and force a game seven is a true testament to our patience with us and being able to handle The accidents throughout everything. “