Miami Heat defeated San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the ultimate match of a dramatic play-off series to retain the NBA title.
With the series tied at 3-3, LeBron ‘king’ James scored 37 points to earn Miami the third title in the franchise’s history.
James was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second successive season.
“To be able to come onto our floor and do it, it’s the ultimate,” the 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist said.
James’ performances in key matches have been questioned of late but the athlete said he cared the less about criticism.
“I can’t worry about what everybody says about me. I am LeBron James from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m blessed.”
Spurs jumped off to an impressive start, taking a seven-point lead in the first quarter, but their lead was reduced to three by the latter stages of the third and they could not hold on.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich conceded the Heat were worthy champions.
“It’s not fun to lose, but we lost to a better team,” he said. “You can live with that as long as you’ve given your best. And I think we have.”
David Stern, NBA commissioner described the series as a “championship for the ages” which had “captivated a global audience.”