Miami Heat
Miami Heat became only the third team in history to win the NBA Finals after losing the first two games of the best of seven series, and the first to do it after losing Games 1 and 2 by double-digit margins.
In Game 3, they trailed by 13 pts to Dallas Mavericks with just 6½ minutes left, but miraculously turned the match round, then won Games 4 and 5 to lead the series 3-2.
In a decisive Game 6 that capped one of the most stunning comebacks in NBA Finals history, the Heat finished off the Mavericks with a 95-92 victory.
The Miami roster included legend Shaquille O’Neal, but the star of the 4-2 victory was Dwyane Wade, who was named Most Valuable Player in the Finals after achieving the third highest ever-scoring average with 34.7 points per game.
The championship proved all the more poignant for Miami's veteran superstars Alonzo Mourning, Gary Payton and Antoine Walker who had never before won an NBA Championship.
The Championship marks the seventh win for Coach Pat Riley - fifth as a head coach -  and fourth title for Shaquille O'Neal, both of whom fulfilled their promise to the citizens of Miami in 1995, when Riley first came to Miami and said he "envisioned a parade on Biscayne Boulevard", and in July 2004 when O’Neal first came to Miami and vowed to "bring the title home".
Nomination
Year
Result
2014
Nominee
2013
Nominee