| Jun 4, 2013
It was the final minutes of the final game and, as the crowd stood, as the applause rained, here came one final surprise of the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James was headed to the bench. He wasn't needed anymore.
This long, difficult step became...
| May 28, 2013
| 8:51 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — And then LeBron James fouled out.
This was new. This was unexpected. This summed up how strange this strange end to game Game 4 went for the Heat. LeBron made the long way to the bench with 56 seconds left, having picked up a sixth...
| May 30, 2013
| 9:28 PM
MIAMI — Before the second half, with Heat fans on edge, LeBron James leaned into his teammates' huddle and smacked his fist loudly and repeatedly into his open hand. He yelled. He smacked his fist. The message was clear: Wake up.
| May 31, 2013
| 1:05 AM
MIAMI - The game was very much in doubt. A sold-out arena was basically silent. The chance of getting back to the NBA Finals for a third straight year could have slipped away.
Cue LeBron James.
A third quarter for the ages by the four-time MVP...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 9:03 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Down a hallway, down under Bankers Life Fieldhouse, down, down, down where the Heat's emotions resided, Heat President Pat Riley stood against a wall and said, "We'll be fine. I really believe that."
Belief. That's the emotion...
| May 26, 2013
| 8:46 PM
Erik Spoelstra was taunted by Indiana fans as he moved to midcourt. "Dirty … Dwyane," fans chanted at Dwyane Wade. Chris "Birdman" Andersen was booed whenever he went in for a lay-up, evidently on general principle.
And this was before Game 3...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 10:42 AM
There was a time when midseason mayhem was the Miami Heat's approach to February.
No sooner did Pat Riley arrive in 1995, than he turned his roster upside down at his first NBA trading deadline with the team, on Feb. 22, 1996 maneuvering 11...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 4:41 PM
In 2012, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame began recognizing outstanding athletic efforts and off-field contributions by handing out Directors' Awards. On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame Board Of Directors announced the 2013 recipients, who will be recognized...
| May 7, 2013
| 2:49 PM
Somewhere along the way, amid the ubiquitous championship memorabilia at AmericanAirlines Arena, the grit became polished, a hubris of the Heat developed.
Granted, it was earned, particularly after all that was endured during the first Big Three...
| May 8, 2013
| 9:04 PM
MIAMI — Before Game 2 on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat star LeBron James was spotted wearing a T-shirt that said, "UP TO ME.''
Then James went out in a 115-78 rout of the Bulls and backed up his bold fashion statement with a...
| May 10, 2013
| 8:11 PM
This Heat team, when it plays like a team, when it defends like it can, when its players don't stand around and watch LeBron James like they're on the other side of a playground fence, is the best in basketball.
When it has none of that, and still has...