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With 2nd title, LeBron James carves out his niche

MIAMI — The vindication of “The Decision” occurred Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, when LeBron James, for a second consecutive season, placed the fate of the Miami Heat on his hulking shoulders and sifted through the NBA landmines of the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs, ending with a second championship.

The Heat relied upon James more this season than either of his previous two in Miami. Dwyane Wade battled constant knee pain and could only reach vintage form occasionally, Chris Bosh produced, but hardly at the level expected when he signed with the Heat, and the bench was solid but not spectacular.

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