Miami Heat superstar LeBron James joined NBA legends Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the only players to ever win back-to-back NBA titles and regular season MVPs when Miami defeated San Antonio for the NBA championship in Game 7 on Thursday 95-88.
In an exhilarating and thrilling series, James willed his team to wins in Game 6 and 7, displaying an offensive arsenal that has made him the best player in the game. He also defended San Antonio point guard Tony Parker and took him out of the game.
In the clinching game, James had 37 points, 12 rebounds and controlled the game in the fourth quarter.
James said after the game that he would finally give himself a break from basketball and “check out” for a bit after playing basketball on a constant basis for nearly two years. He said he would take more than two weeks off after the Finals and was looking forward to it.
He vowed he would come back hungrier and more mentally tough for a run at a three-peat.
“I came here to win championships,” he said. “It’s the ultimate.”
He said he did not want to think about next year until he took “full advantage of this one,” but then acknowledged he hoped Miami was just “scratching the surface.”