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MIAMI -- Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Wholesale Football Jerseys Online . It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBAs greats. For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away. James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute. Capping their best season in franchise history -- and perhaps the three-superstar system they used to build it -- the Heat ran off with the second straight thriller in the NBAs first championship series to go the distance since 2010. Two nights after his Game 6 save when the Heat were almost eliminated, James continued his unparalleled run through the basketball world, with two titles and an Olympic gold medal in the last 12 months. "I work on my game a lot throughout the off-season," said James, who was MVP for the second straight finals. "I put a lot of work into it and to be able to come out here and (have) the results happen out on the floor is the ultimate. The ultimate. Im at a loss for words." He made five 3-pointers, defended Tony Parker when he had to, and did everything else that could ever be expected from the best player in the game. The Heat became the NBAs first repeat champions since the Lakers in 2009-10, and the first team to beat the Spurs in the NBA Finals. "It took everything we had as a team," Dwyane Wade said. "Credit to the San Antonio Spurs, theyre an unbelievable team, an unbelievable franchise. This is the hardest series we ever had to play. But were a resilient team and we did whatever it took." Players and coaches hugged afterward -- their respect for each other was obvious from the opening tipoff of Game 1 through the final buzzer. A whisker away from a fifth title two nights earlier, the Spurs couldnt find a way to win it all in what was perhaps the last shot for Tim Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili to grab another ring together. "In my case I still have Game 6 in my head," Ginobili said. "Today we played an OK game, they just made more shots than us. LeBron got hot. Shane (Battier), too. Those things can happen. But being so close and feeling that you are about to grab that trophy, and seeing it vanish is very hard." They were trying to become the first team to win a Game 7 on the road since Washington beat Seattle in 1978, but those old guys ran out of gas just before the finish. Fans stood, clapped and danced as the clock ticked down, when every score was answered by another score, each stop followed by a better stop. The Heat pushed their lead to six points a few times midway through the fourth but San Antonio kept coming back. Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, but missed a shot and follow attempt right under the basket with about 50 seconds left and the Spurs trailing by two. James followed with a jumper -- the shot the Spurs were daring him to take earlier in the series -- to make it 92-88, sending San Antonio to a timeout as Glenn Freys "The Heat Is On" blared over the arenas sound system. He then came up with a steal and made two free throws for a six-point lead, and after Ginobili missed, James stalked toward the sideline, knowing it was over and that he was, once again, the last one standing. Wade had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who overcame a scoreless Chris Bosh by getting six 3-pointers and 18 points from Shane Battier. "It was a great series and we all felt that," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I dont know if enjoy is the right word, but in all honesty, even in defeat, Im starting to enjoy what our group accomplished already, when you look back. And you need to do that, to put in perspective. So its no fun to lose, but we lost to a better team. And you can live with that as long as youve given your best, and I think we have." Streamers fell from the arena ceiling onto the fans for the second year in a row, but this one meant so much more. A narrow escape in Game 6 was still fresh in everyones mind. They were down 10 in the fourth quarter of that one before James led the charge back, finishing with a triple-double in Miamis 103-100 overtime victory. This one was nearly as tight, neither team leading by more than seven and the game tied 11 times. Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs, who had been 4 for 4 in the championship round. Ginobili had 18 points but Parker managed just 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. "Just give credit to the Miami Heat. LeBron was unbelievable. Dwyane was great. I just think they found a way to get it done," Duncan said. "We stayed in the game. We gave ourselves opportunities to win the game, we just couldnt turn that corner." The Heat and coach Erik Spoelstra collected the Larry OBrien trophy again from Commissioner David Stern, presiding over his final NBA Finals before retiring next February. He couldnt have asked for a better way to go out. James avenged his first finals loss, when his Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs on 2007. That helped send James on his way to South Florida, realizing it would take more help to win titles that could never come alone. He said he would appreciate this one more because of how tough it was. The Heat overpowered Oklahoma City in five games last year, a team of 20-something kids who werent ready to be champions yet. This came against a respected group of Spurs whose trio has combined for more than 100 playoff victories together and wanted one more in case this was San Antonios last rodeo. Duncan is 37 and Ginobili will be a 36-year-old free agent next month, the core of a franchise whose best days may be behind them. Meanwhile, its a potential dynasty along Biscayne Bay, but also one with a potentially small window. Wades latest knee problems are a reminder that though he came into the NBA at the same time as James and Bosh, hes a couple of years older at 31 with wheels that have seen some miles. James can become a free agent again next summer with another decision -- though hopefully not another Decision -- to make. Hes comfortable in Miami and close with Wade, and the Heat have the leadership and commitment from owner Micky Arison and president Pat Riley to keep building a championship core around him. Why would he want to leave? San Antonios most recent title came at James expense. The Spurs exploited the weaknesses in James game though knew someday they would be gone, Duncan telling him afterward that the league would someday belong to James. And James simply isnt giving it back. He came in averaging 33.8 points in Game 7s, already the best in NBA history, and was even better in this one. He cant be defended the way he was six years ago, too strong inside and too solid from the outside. He drove Danny Green back like a tackling dummy to convert a three-point play in the second quarter, then knocked down a 3-pointer for the Heats next score. Heat fans, criticized over the last two days after many bolted before the finish Tuesday and then tried to force their way back in, werent going anywhere early in this one. The game was too good. And there was another celebration to watch. The Heat had the classic championship hangover through the first few months of this season, too strong to lose at home but not committed enough to win on the road, where they were just 11-11 following a 102-89 loss in Indiana on Feb. 1. They won in Toronto two nights later on Super Bowl Sunday and didnt lose again until well into March Madness, running off 27 straight victories before falling in Chicago on March 27 and finishing a franchise-best 66-16. The small-market Spurs have always been a ratings killer, but interest grew throughout this series in their attempt to toppled the champs. Game 6 drew more than 20 million viewers, a total that Game 7 was expected to top. And the games got better, too. Games 2-5 were all decided by double digits, neither team able to carry its momentum from one game to the next. This one was back and forth for more than three quarters, with Mario Chalmers 3-pointer at the buzzer giving Miami a 72-71 lead heading to the final 12 minutes of the season. Game 6 could have shaken the Spurs, who were so close to holding the trophy that officials were preparing the championship presentation before Miamis rally. The Spurs held a team dinner late that night, figuring the company was better than having to dwell on the defeat alone in their rooms. The pain of that game or the pressure of this one had little effect on their veterans but brought out a change in their leader, the subject of some rare second-guessing for his rotations near the end of the collapse. The famously blunt Popovich was in a chatty mood pregame, actually preferring to stay and talk even when there were no more questions, saying the busier he was, the less hed worry. "Its torture," he said earlier of Game 7s. "Its hard to appreciate or enjoy torture." But it sure was beautiful to watch. The sports most pressure-packed game had a nervous start, each team making just seven baskets in the first quarter and combining for seven turnovers. The Spurs took an early seven-point lead, but a pair of 3-pointers by Battier during an 8-0 run helped Miami take an 18-16 lead. The Heat nursed a narrow lead for most of the second quarter, and after San Antonio went ahead in the final minute of the period, James tipped in a miss before Wade knocked down a jumper with 0.8 seconds left to send the Heat to the locker room with a 46-44 edge. Notes: Home teams are 15-3 in Game 7s of the NBA Finals. ... Miami improved to 5-3 all-time in Game 7s in the post-season and became the fourth team to win the final two games at home since the finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, joining the Lakers in 1988 and 2010, and Houston Rockets in 1994. ... Green was just 1 for 12, going 1 for 6 behind the arc. He started the series by making 25 3s in the first five games, a finals record for an entire series. Football Jerseys China . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. Cheap Football Jerseys China . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. http://www.cheapfootballjerseys.us.org/ . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. Last year, the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot was run three weeks after the Breeders Cup Juvenile. That timing worked for Exaggerator, who wheeled back off a fourth in the Juvenile to win the Jackpot. This year, the Jackpot comes just two weeks after the Juvenile. It remains to be seen how this timing works out, but the Jackpot is still the marquee race of this weekend, followed by the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess, the main supporting event on a stakes-packed undercard.There is also a stakes-packed program at Laurel Park on Saturday, headed by the Grade 3, $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.Delta Downs JackpotGunnevera is the only graded stakes winner this 10-horse field - he won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special two starts back - and is also the only one in this field to have competed in a Grade 1 event -- he finished fifth in Keenelands Breeders Futurity most recently -- and that will not be lost on the betting public. Moreover, Gunnevera will be reunited with Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the Saratoga Special score, and that will also conspire to drive down his odds.It will be no surprise if Gunnevera wins, but Im not featuring him. His big finish in the Saratoga Special was visually enhanced because pacesetter Recruiting Ready completely fell apart late. And while Gunnevera had been off two months and was stretching out to two turns for the first time in the Breeders Futurity, he was put to a heavy drive on the far turn and yet all he did was give a little ground.J Boys Echo is my play. I realize J Boys Echo is moving up significantly off a win at Keeneland over only maidens, and I know he must improve his Beyer Figures to contend here. But from what I saw in his recent score, Im confident he can handle both.J Boys Echo, a fast-closing second in his debut two starts back, stretched out to a route last time and was locked and loaded from virtually the start. Yes, he was fortunate to get through inside at the top of the stretch when the pacesetter ducked out sharply. But I was still impressed with the way J Boys Echo drew off late despite being barely asked. Wholesale Authentic Jerseys. He ran through the wire powerfully, like a colt who has much, much more to him, and Im anticipating a big move forward from him Saturday.We might have seen the start of a nice rivalry two weeks ago in the Juvenile between Classic Empire, trained by Mark Casse, and Not This Time, trained by Dale Romans. Romans also trains J Boys Echo, whose most dangerous challenger Saturday is, in my view, the Casse-trained Our Stormin Norman.Like J Boys Echo, Our Stormin Norman comes into this off a Keeneland maiden victory, showing dramatic improvement with blinkers on to score decisively and earn a field-best Beyer of 88.Delta Downs PrincessThere is a lot of early speed here, and I want a filly who can finish. That filly is Golden Mischief.Golden Mischief showed early foot in her first three starts, all losses. She adopted a closing approach in her fourth start, and has since won three straight, all in decisive fashion. Golden Mischiefs allowance win two back resulted in a field-best Beyer of 82. Her score most recently in the My Trusty Cat, the local prep for this race, was especially good. Golden Mischief was four wide on the first turn and three wide on the far turn, yet still won as much the best.De Francis DashX Y Jet was sensational early this year, but tired badly in the Vosburgh in his return from a knee chip, His trainer, Jorge Navarro, has won at a 31 percent clip this year and at 29 percent over the last five years, but has been relatively cold lately, going only 2 for 16 over the last 30 days.Stallwalkin Dude is the most logical alternative, but I question how strong a field he beat in the Bold Ruler last time, so Im going with Life in Shambles.Life in Shambless last three dirt performances were strong. He romped in the first two of those, and was second most recently after a bad trip that saw him steady at several points, putting him in a hole he couldnt quite escape. ' ' '