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Three Peat: Heat win ESPY for 'Best Game' of the year; LeBron gets 'Best Male Athlete' and Heat named 'Best Team'

The thrilling game six of the NBA Finals, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Antonio Spurs in overtime, won the award for 'Best Game' of the year at the 2013 ESPY's. In addition, Heat superstar LeBron James took home the 'Best Male Athlete' piece, 'Best NBA player' and Best Championship performance,' and the team took home the 'best team' honor.

Ray Allen made one of the most significant shots in NBA history last season
Ray Allen made one of the most significant shots in NBA history last season
Kevin C. Cox

Remember that big Ray Allen 3-pointer in game six of the NBA Finals?

Remember the thrilling late game execution (and luck) Miami had en route to coming back from a significant deficit with less than a minute left in the game?

So did the rest of the country.

The Miami Heat brought in an ESPY award for 'Best Game' of the year for just that, beating two other notable recent games, the Baltimore Ravens victory against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff and the Boston Bruins amazing comeback over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Before the Heat won their second consecutive title, they had to make an improbable comeback. After a LeBron James 3-pointer and a Ray Allen trey to tie the game (Off a rebound and dish from Chris Bosh), Miami made up a six point deficit to get the game to overtime. The Heat never looked back.


The Heat also nabbed an individual award on the night, as LeBron James won the ESPY for 'Best Male Athlete' in a season in which he captured the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in both the regular season and NBA Finals for the second straight year. Other nominees were Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, and Olympic multiple champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

The veteran forward shot a career best from the field (56.5) while leading the NBA in player efficiency rating (31.6) for the sixth consecutive season.

LeBron also picked up ESPYS for Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. He also presented television personality Robin Roberts with the Arthur Ashe Courage award.


Miami wasn't done. They also took home the 'Best team' honor at the end of the night, capping off the three-peat. Miami won the 2012-13 NBA title after finishing the year with a 66-16 record in the regular season.