Hits game-winner over Wade, Heat
Kobe hits a game-winning buzzer beater as the Lakers defeat the Heat 108-107. Down by two with 3.2 seconds left, Bryant slips when he catches an inbound pass and is forced to throw up an off-balance 3-point shot over Wade’s outstretched arm. Bryant:
It was the luckiest shot I’ve ever taken, by far. It felt good, [but] I just couldn’t believe this ball might go in on this shot.
In the duel between the two elite shooting guards, Bryant puts up 33 points and 7 rebounds and Wade drops 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Joins Miami Heat
In the television special The Decision, James announces that he will join the Miami Heat (video link):
In this fall, this is very tough, in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.
WFNZ in Charlotte interview
Battier gives his thoughts of the reaction that the Miami Heat get in arenas across the league:
It really doesn’t matter. Obviously it’s nice to be cheered, but our goal is to win an NBA Championship. Whether people like us or not or cheer for us or not, it’s not going to make the ball go through the hoop any easier. … What I will say is people like to watch our team. We have exciting players. And if you like basketball, it’s hard not to like a LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. … The funny part is a lot of people say, ‘I don’t like LeBron or I don’t like Dwyane.’ Well, guess what? People watch because they want to see what they can do.
Wade talks about winning his second NBA championship with the Miami Heat:
Both were awesome, but what made this one more gratifying was not only everything we went through as a team—going back to last season when we all decided to play together—but all I’ve been through personally. Getting divorced, going through an ugly custody battle. So when we won, so many emotions went through me. The last time we won a championship, I was 24 and worry-free.
Spurs 110-95 Heat Game 1
The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals. For the Spurs, Duncan has 19 points and 10 rebounds. For the Heat, James has 25 points and 6 rebounds. The arena experiences an air conditioning malfunction during the match. Spurs coach Popovich:
It was tough on both teams. They were pretty dead. We tried to get guys in and out. … It was really hot out there.
Heat 98-96 Spurs Game 2
The Miami Heat defeat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals. James leads the Heat with 35 points and 10 rebounds. For the Spurs, Duncan puts up 18 points and 15 rebounds. Duncan:
Down the end there they executed really well. LeBron made some great passes and guys made open shots. We had the same result in the first game. They kind of flipped it in this one.
Spurs 111-92 Heat Game 3
The Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. Leonard leads the Spurs with 29 points and 4 rebounds. For the Heat, James drops 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Spurs have a phenomenal first half, shooting 25-33 from the field. Ginobili:
It’s not something you can plan for. There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball, and every shot went in.
Spurs coach Popovich:
I don’t think we’ll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again.
Spurs 107-86 Heat Game 4
The Spurs defeat the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and take a 3-1 series lead. Leonard puts up 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. James drops 28 points and 8 rebounds for the Heat. James:
They smashed us. Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.
Spurs coach Popovich:
I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes. Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.
Spurs 104-87 Heat Game 5
The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in Game 5 in order to win the 2014 NBA title. For the Heat, James puts up 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. For the Spurs, Leonard puts up 22 points and 10 rebounds, and wins the Finals MVP award. James:
We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that’s why they’re the champions in 2014.
It makes last year OK
Signs 10-day contract
The Heat sign Beasley to a 10-day contract. The signing is in response to the Heat’s loss of Chris Bosh, who is out for the season.
Spurs 95-81 Heat
The Spurs wins 95-81 over Heat. Leonard scores 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, Parker scores 16 points and plays his 1,000 the NBA game, Duncan has a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). Dragic scores 19 points, Wade scores 15 points. Coach Popovich:
We played good D.
When you see all of the names and obviously all of the history in the NBA, that’s pretty cool.
He has a way of knocking it all sideways.
Cavaliers 114-108 Heat
The Cavaliers win 114-108 against Heat. James scores 23 points, Irving scores 23 points. Thompson has 15 rebounds. Deng scores 17 points, and Whiteside scores 17 points for the Heat. Wade on his knee injury:
When you go down like that, I couldn’t bust into a split, I’m not that flexible, I knew I was in trouble on my way down. It’s just unfortunate. Nothing happened I guess. I was a little concerned. Once they did the tests on my knee to make sure all my ligaments were strong and straightened, it’s a little better.
Coach Spoelstra on Wade’s injuries:
It looked like it was a lot worse. It looked like he was doing the splits.
Pistons 99-98 Heat
The Pistons win 89-88. Jackson scores 29 points, Drummond scores a double-double (11 points and 17 rebounds). Wade scores 24 points, Dragic scores 21 points and Whiteside scores a double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds) for the Heat. Coach Van Gundy:
Reggie really stepped up. We had a talk about him wanting to have the opportunity to be ‘the guy.’ Well, ‘the guy’ can’t be tired. I thought he…was not the least bit afraid to take the game on his shoulders tonight.
You gotta go. There’s no excuses, This is something I have been asking for my entire life, something I have always wanted. I want to be the man, and you have to go be special…Everything is kind of on my shoulders. We go as I go, so just continue to be aggressive, attack and make the right plays. You have to go chase it.
I really don’t remember a defensive stop other than the second-to-last play in the last five minutes. (Jackson) made every big play and we just couldn’t get a relief stop or a relief bucket down the stretch.
Heat 105-100 Hornets
The Heat wins 105-100. Dragic scores 28 points, Deng scores 21 points, and Wade scores 19 points. Henderson scores 29 points, Walker scores 17 points and Williams scores 15 points for the Hornets. Coach Spoelstra:
That’s how tough it is to win in this league. You’ve got to make a lot of plays and play all the way to the end.
We were talking before the game, this was a playoff game…Tonight was a must-win for us.
Tonight was a big game. We’ve played all the teams that are in the mix there with us, and we lost to them all. It’s never good.
Bulls 89-78 Heat
The Bulls win 89-78. Gasol scores a double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds), Aaron Brooks scores 14 points and Rose scores 12 points. For the Heat, Whiteside scores a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds), Dragic scores 15 points and Beasley scores 13 points. Gasol:
Once we started getting into them, getting rebounds, containing them to one shot, things turned around.
Noah on Chicago’s first half:
It was embarrassing.
We’re all frustrated. We’re all embarrassed when you’re in those situations and you can’t stop an avalanche like that.
You just keep coming back until they tell you your season is over. This team has been through a lot. A loss, a bad 24 minutes, that’s not going to deter us from coming back and doing our job.