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 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 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 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'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'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 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 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'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'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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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 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'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'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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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