Miami Heat: 2013 Playoff Run

Photos of the Miami Heat in action during the 2013 playoffs

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The Heat are awarded the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy after the game.
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The Miami Heat opened the 2012-13 season with a championship ring ceremony, and breezed through the regular season as the team to beat in the 2013 playoffs. The Heat compiled the best regular season record in team history (66-16), earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference and setting a new mark for home wins (37) in the process.
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Up first for Miami in the playoffs was a first-round match-up against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat beat Milwaukee 3 times in 4 regular season games, and most observers predicted a sweep heading into the series.
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The Heat rolled in their playoff opener, winning 110-87 at home. LeBron James scored 27 points (while taking only 11 shots) with 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He also got countless high-fives.
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Miami took Game 2 98-86, using a 12-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to put away Milwaukee. Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and added 7 rebounds.
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Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller's record for most 3-pointers in the playoffs as the Heat beat the Bucks 104-91 in Game 3.
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LeBron James scored 30 points with 8 rebounds and 7 assists as the Miami Heat capped off a sweep of the Bucks with a 88-77 win in Game 4.
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Miami will face the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Chicago beat the Brooklyn Nets 4-3 in the first round, and split its regular season series with Miami 2-2.
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The Heat fell 93-86 to the Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Chicago scored the game's final 10 points to pull away.
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The Heat blew out Chicago in Game 2, winning 115-78. The Bulls were whistled for 6 technical fouls in a very physical game.
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The Heat won Game 3 104-94, running away with a 34-point fourth quarter. Chris Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, his best performance of the playoffs to that point.
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LeBron James scored 27 points en route to a 88-65 win for the Heat in Game 4. Miami held Chicago to a franchise-low 25.7% shooting.
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The Heat eliminated Chicago in Game 5 with a 94-91 win. Chicago came back from an 18-point first quarter deficit, but Miami also made a comeback, erasing a 10-point Bulls lead in the fourth quarter.
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The Heat's next opponent was the Indiana Pacers, who took Miami to six games in last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.
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LeBron James delivered a win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals when he hit a layup at the buzzer in overtime. Miami prevailed 103-102, and James picked up his ninth career playoff triple double with 30 points, 10 points, and 10 rebounds.
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Roy Hibbert scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers stole home court advantage from the Miami Heat with a 97-93 win in Game 2. The Heat had an opportunity to tie the game twice in the last minute, but on both possessions LeBron James passes were stolen by the Pacers.
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The Heat walked away with Game 3, winning 114-96. LeBron James led the Heat with 22 points, many coming in the low post where he overpowered Indiana's Paul George. "I made a conscious effort to get down in the post tonight, to put pressure on their defense," James said.
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The Heat lost 99-92 in Game 4, allowing the Pacers to series.
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The Heat regained momentum in Game 5 with a 90-79 win. LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. He scored or assisted on 25 of Miami's 30 points in the third quarter, helping the Heat put away Indiana in the second half.
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Indiana forced a Game 7 behind 25 points from Paul George in Game 6. The Heat led 40-39 at halftime, but Indiana exploded for a 29-15 third quarter. Miami pulled within 4 in the fourth quarter, but then the Pacers went on a 9-0 run to extinguish any remaining hope Miami had at a comeback.
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There was no doubt in Game 7, though, as the Heat cruised to a 99-76 victory behind a 30-8-4 performance from LeBron James. Dwyane Wade woke up from his slumber with 21 points and 9 rebounds, sending the Heat to the NBA Finals for the third straight year.
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Heat legend Alonzo Mourning presents the Eastern Conference Championship trophy to Heat owner Micky Arison after Game 7. "They've given us an incredible season so far, but it's a long way from over," Arison said.
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LeBron James had a triple double, but the Spurs were too much in the fourth quarter of Game 1. They beat the Heat 92-88.
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The Heat prevailed in Game 2, riding a 33-5 run between the third and fourth quarters to turn a back-and-forth slugfest into a 103-84 romp. LeBron struggled early, but closed with a flurry, while Mario Chalmers led the Heat with 19 points.
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The Spurs blew the Heat off the court in Game 3, winning 113-77. It was the worst margin of defeat for Miami in the Big Three era.
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Dwyane Wade played one of the best games of his life in Game 4, and the Heat won 109-93. Wade scored 32 points with 6 steals, while James added 33 points and 11 rebounds.
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Miami fell in Game 5 by a score of 114-104. The Spurs closed the third quarter on a 12-1 run pull away from the Heat, who had just cut their deficit to 1.
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The loss put the Heat on the brink of elimination. Miami's task: win Game 6 and 7 in Miami, or be dethrone by the Spurs.
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Down 5 points with 20 seconds do go, Miami pulled off the improbable and forced overtime in Game 6. LeBron James cut the lead to 2 with a three-pointer, then after Kawhi Leonard missed one of two free throws, the Heat had one last chance. A James miss from three-point range was rebounded by Chris Bosh, who passed the ball to Allen for the game-tyer.
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Miami pulled away in overtime to win 103-100 and force Game 7. James had a triple-double (his second of the Finals) with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals.
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The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy on display before Game 7. This one is for all the marbles. Would the Miami Heat hold on for their second straight title? Or would the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth title since 1999?
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The Heat emerged victorious, winning 95-88 behind 37 points from LeBron James. James wrapped up his second straight Finals MVP award, while the Heat earned their third championship in franchise history.
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The Heat are awarded the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy after Game 7.
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LeBron James holds the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy and the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy.
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