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The championship in his hands: Ray Allen's perfect three-pointer

It appeared smooth and effortless, an example of pure "in the moment" sporting perfection.

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade ready to move forward without LeBron James

Apart now: Miami Heat forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade sit on the bench during the NBA Finals.

Shandel Richardson Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a hunch. When he and LeBron James shared a flight from Las Vegas last month, he could tell there was something different about his former teammate.

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Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem opt out of Miami Heat contracts

the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, holds Dwayne Wade with the NBA Championship Trophy in 2013.

Ira Winderman The remodeling of the Pat Riley's two-time championship creation received a major boost Saturday, with guard Dwyane Wade and forward Udonis Haslem opting out of their Miami Heat contracts, agent...

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Miami Heat rally past Brooklyn Nets to reach Eastern Conference finals

Ray Allen knocked down a three-pointer with 32 seconds left to highlight a huge Miami rally as the Heat advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference finals by topping the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday.

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Patty Mills stars for San Antonio Spurs in NBA win

Up-tempo Australian guard Patty Mills chimed in with 18 points as San Antonio trounced Portland 104-82 on Wednesday to storm into the NBA conference finals.

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Miami Heat rallies to take 2-1 series lead over Indiana Pacers

Reason to celebrate .... LeBron James guided Miami to a 2-1 lead.

Miami clamped down in the third quarter and Ray Allen came up big in the fourth on Saturday as the Heat rallied for a 99-87 NBA playoff victory over Indiana.

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Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

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Miami Heat turn tables on Brooklyn Nets in NBA playoffs

LeBron James led the way with 22 points on Tuesday as two-time defending NBA champions Miami opened their second-round playoff series against Brooklyn with an emphatic 107-86 triumph.

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Kevin Durant stars as Oklahoma City Thunder beat Toronto Raptors in double overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was close to unstoppable against Toronto.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to three games with a 119-118 double-overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

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Miami Heat's future as a dynasty under cloud as big decisions loom

Paul Suttor

Paul Suttor All those fans who suddenly became Miami Heat supporters in the past few years look like they'll be facing a true test of their loyalty before they realise.

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LeBron James stopped at the rim by Mason Plumlee and Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn rookie Mason Plumlee stops LeBron James at the rim.

Ira Winderman Yes, the Brooklyn Nets have the Miami Heat's number.

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Indiana Pacers' passion too much for Miami Heat in opener

David West led the way for the Pacers as they claimed game one.

Indianapolis Before the onslaught began, before the Indiana Pacers began to pounce with 3-pointers, pummel with post play, demoralize with depth, flummox with free throws, Pacers coach Frank Vogel offered a hint...

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Live: NBA Finals: Game 2 - San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

LeBron James

Paul Suttor Live coverage of game 2 of the NBA Finals series - Miami v the Spurs at San Antonio.

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NBA Finals 2014: Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

Mills

Paul Zalunardo The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs get ready to reprise their riveting seven-game NBA Finals of a year ago.

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Live - NBA Finals Game 3: Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs

Spurs v Heat

Paul Suttor Live coverage of game three of the NBA Finals series between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs in Miami.

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San Antonio Spurs stun Miami Heat in Game 3 of NBA Finals

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Shandel Richardson Miami: Just think about this statistic.

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Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs battle to be best of an era

Tim Duncan gives Patrick Mills a congratulatory pat on the head on Sunday.

Greg Stoda It really is just about perfect. The NBA couldn't have asked for anything better than San Antonio-Miami II for its best-of-seven championship series.

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San Antonio Spurs edge out Oklahoma City Thunder to set up Miami Heat finals rematch

Finals call: Tim Duncan (left), Patty Mills and Danny Green sense victory.

San Antonio digs deep to score a thrilling 112-107 overtime victory over Oklahoma to advance to the NBA finals and a championship rematch against Miami.

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Miami Heat find team spirit by checking egos at the door

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra speaks to his Miami team in a huddle during the series win over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

When the Miami Heat assembled their 'Big Three' four years ago skeptics wondered if head coach Erik Spoelstra would be able to mould all that talent into an effective team or if they would end up a...

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Miami Heat running on empty, running out of time

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right and guard Dwyane Wade sit on the bench.

Ira Winderman It was as if the odometer hit 100,000 miles, and the extended warrantee had expired.