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MIAMI (AP) — Even after the confetti fell and the champagne spilled, in the early moments of a Game 7 celebration, LeBron James couldn’t forget Game 6.
The championship the Miami Heat won Thursday was almost lost two nights earlier. So when James remembers his second straight title, the save goes right along with the win.
“To be able to win that game and force a Game 7 is a true test of our, I guess, perseverance,” James said, “and us being able to handle adversity through everything. It meant a lot for us to be able to do that and force a Game 7 and being able to close out at home.”
Doing it that way, following a stunning comeback with a stirring victory, cemented a place with the NBA’s giants for this Miami team and its leader.
“Last year when I was sitting up here with my first championship, I said it was the toughest thing I had ever done,” James said. “This year, I’ll tell last year he’s absolutely wrong. This was the toughest championship right here between the two.”
And the San Antonio Spurs will always know it’s a title they let slip away.
James scored 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.
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