MIAMI — As the Miami Heat’s lead skyrocketed from five just after halftime to an insurmountable 24 by the end of the third quarter, their fans outside the American Airlines Arena decided it was time to start celebrating the team’s second NBA championship in six years.
The thousands gathered in bars, restaurants and a park near the arena screamed in joy late Thursday as the Heat dropped one three-point shot after another. Fans used the fourth quarter to get an early start on their party as they watched their team coast to a 121-106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and a 4-to-1 series victory.
The promise made to South Florida fans 23 months earlier when LeBron James and Chris Bosh added their talents to Dwyane Wade’s had arrived.
Source: The Associated Press