NBA Finals Recap: HEAT vs. Spurs
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was a tight affair clinched by the San Antonio Spurs on a leaning, last-second shot from Tony Parker, but after that the teams exchanged (very well played, by both sides) double-digit victories, with Mike Miller and Danny Green hot from the arc, until the HEAT returned home in Game 6 facing a 2-3 series deficit. Trailing by five in the final 30 seconds, LeBron James hit a three after an offensive rebound, the Spurs missed a free-throw and then on Miami's last possession, Chris Bosh pulled in a James miss, found Ray Allen as he retreating to the right corner and Allen stuck the three that sent the game to overtime, where Miami eventually prevailed.
Game 7 was almost as close -- the Spurs responded to a crushing loss two nights earlier just as they had to every single Miami run in the series -- with Shane Battier breaking out of a shooting slump to hit six threes and both James and Dwyane Wade finding their jumpers again in the face of San Antonio's paint-packing defense. And it was a jumper that clinched the series and the title for Miami, as a late barrage from James (37 points in Game 7) and a right-elbow jumper in the final minute gave the HEAT their back-to-back championship. Review the Series
Eastern Conference Finals Recap: HEAT vs. Pacers
For the second consecutive year, the HEAT ran in to their polar opposites. Where the HEAT wanted to push the pace and create easy baskets, the Pacers reduced the proceedings to a grind with the most deliberate half-court, post-up offense in the league. Indiana's size advantage won them a couple games based on offensive rebounding alone, but it was the play of Roy Hibbert -- 22.1 points per game on 55.7 percent shooting -- on both ends that had Indiana pushing Miami to a Game 7.
With Hibbert managing his three seconds in the paint as well as anyone in the league, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade struggled to get to the rim for much of the series, but the defensive attention given to them offered Mario Chalmers (pick-and-rolls), Udonis Haslem (mid-range baseline jumpers) and Chris Andersen (baseline cuts) room to score on their own. In the end, the Pacers couldn't escape their season-long turnover tendencies, and their 21 giveaways in Game 7 helped push the HEAT to a 23-point series-clinching win as James attacked and got to the free-throw line 16 times while Hibbert, David West and Paul George (enjoying a break-out series) struggled to stay out of foul trouble. Review the Series
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Recap: HEAT vs. Bulls
After a Game 1 scare on the heels of a 27-point performance from Nate Robinson, the Miami HEAT finished off the Chicago Bulls in five games, including a dominant 88-65 victory in Game 5 on the road in which the Bulls were held to 25.7 percent shooting. Norris Cole shot 9-of-11 in the series while LeBron James overcame a Tom Thibodeau defensive system designed specifically to limit James' ability to get to the rim -- but this year Miami's rotation of shooters offered James enough outlets to space the floor, especially with the Bulls faceguarding Ray Allen for much of the series. The HEAT trailed by double digits in the third quarter of Game 5, but Chicago's offense couldn't sustain its pace as the HEAT's defense swarmed, and Miami clinched the series by three points. Review the Series
Eastern Conference First Round Recap: HEAT vs. Bucks
The Miami HEAT completed a first-round sweep against the Milwaukee Bucks -- the first sweep for the franchise since LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed in 2010 -- with an 88-77 victory in Milwaukee as Dwyane Wade sat out. The HEAT held the Bucks' two primary scorers, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, in check for much of the series as the pair combined to shoot below 40 percent from the field. Miami enjoyed a welcome boost from its bench throughout the series as Norris Cole and Chris Andersen offered steady production and high energy while Ray Allen became the All-Time leader in threes made during the NBA Playoffs. Review the Series
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Embracing Versatility, Winning a Title
Embracing versatile lineups and enduring a lengthy injury to Chris Bosh, the 2011-12 Miami HEAT came back from deficits in three-straight playoff series to win the franchise's second NBA Championship in one of the most fast-paced seasons the league has ever had. Read the Retrospective
NBA Finals: HEAT vs. Thunder
The Miami HEAT claimed the franchise's second NBA title with a 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder June 22 in Miami. Six players finished in double figures. LeBron James had a triple-double, Chris Bosh scored 24 and Mike Miller hit seven 3's to finish with 23. Review the series.
Eastern Conference Finals Series Recap: HEAT vs. Celtics
The Miami HEAT defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games, moving on to the Finals for their second consecutive year. LeBron James had an average of 33.5 points per game, 11 rebounds and 3.8 assists. His best game came in Game 6 at the TD Center in Boston when LeBron James became the second player in NBA playoff history (Wilt Chamberlain being the other) to put up a 45-15-5 stat line in a single game. Dwyane Wade averaged 26.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. See the series history.
Conference Semi-Finals Series Recap: HEAT vs Pacers
The Miami HEAT defeated the Indiana Pacers in six games, moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James had an average of 30 points per game, 10.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Dwyane Wade averaged 26.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. See the series history.
Round 1 Series Recap: HEAT vs Knicks
In Round 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, The Miami HEAT defeated the New York Knicks to move on to the Conference Semi-Finals. LeBron James led the series with an average 27.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Dwyane Wade averaged 21 points, 3.4 rebounds and Chris Bosh had an average of 7.2 rebounds. See the series history.
What was True Then, is True Now. Have a Plan, Stick to It
"What was true then, is true now. Have a plan, stick to it" – X.
There's a brief scene at the end of Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake where Daniel Craig's character, X, is allowed a few moments to bask in the spoils of a conquering hero, surrounded by friends and caviar in the private back room of an exclusive country club. He'd been beaten – multiple times – and had well-laid plans go horribly awry – multiple times – but in the end, enough pieces come together to put him on top. More...