Heat wave: Miami's journey to the 2013 NBA championship

The Heat topped the Spurs in a thrilling, seven-game NBA Finals series, but Miami had to win 12 games just to reach the Finals – and there were some huge performances along the way.

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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 21: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat goes up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2013 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, right, drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of Game 3 in their first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April. 28, 2013, in Milwaukee. Giving chase are Bucks' Brandon Jennings (3), Ersan Ilyasova (7), of Turkey, and Heat's Shane Battier. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) goes after a rebound against Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, left, and Carlos Boozer during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Monday, May 13, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) celebrates with Chris Bosh (1) after Haslem made a shot and was fouled during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam H. Huh)

Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade, left, Chris Bosh and LeBron James talk following the presentation of the NBA Eastern Conference trophy following Game 7 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Pacers 99-76 to advance to the NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Miami Heat's LeBron James, left, holding the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy and his Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship. Former NBA player Bill Russell looks on. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)