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         === James a champion, Finals MVP for second straight year ===
 By Matt Dienstag, contributing NBA editor
 Miami,  FL (Sports  Network) - For the second consecutive season, LeBron James
 led the Miami Heat to an NBA Championship and earned Finals MVP in doing so.
 James  was  everything and  more when his  team needed it  most. With the Heat
 staring  elimination in the face in Game 6, he powered the Heat with 18 points
 down  the  stretch of the  fourth quarter and overtime  en route to his second
 triple-double of the Finals.
 Miami  trailed  by double-digits entering  the fourth quarter of that contest,
 but  James  refused to  go  down  and led  a  furious  comeback that  will  be
 remembered as one of the greatest games in NBA Finals history.
 He  then delivered the final blow with a 37-point, 12-rebound performance in a
 decisive  Game  7, knocking down  a 19-footer in the  final minute to seal the
 outcome and put an exclamation point on what has been an incredible year.
 Even  the freak of  nature that James is, the man has to be exhausted. Between
 leading  the Heat  to consecutive championships, he was the driving force over
 the  summer  in helping  the United  States capture  a Gold  Medal in the 2012
 Olympics in London.
 Oh,  and after that he orchestrated an incredible 27-game win streak that sent
 the Heat to a league-best 66-16 record.
 At just 28 years young, James is already a four-time MVP winner and has plenty
 of his prime left, still building on a legacy that has no limits.
 A  mix of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, James has the rare ability to play
 either's game whenever he feels necessary.
 James  is probably the  most unselfish superstar the NBA has ever seen. He's a
 pass  first player and always looks to get his teammates going before doing so
 himself, and there's a reason for that.
 Because  with the  flick of  a switch,  James can  become the  scorer that  no
 defender  wants to guard.  He can impose his will with his size, quickness and
 strength alone.
 He's  proved  it in back-to-back  years now and has  all but erased the notion
 that he wilts under the pressure.
 In  fact, he's doing just the opposite. He's thriving under pressure and there
 isn't a man on the planet who can slow him down.
 06/21 01:55:10 ET