The 2013 Finals was the championship series of the 2012�13 season and the conclusion of the season’s playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeated the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title. The Finals began with Game 1 on June 6, and ended with Game 7 on June 20.
Miami became the 6th team to win consecutive Championships. This series marked the fifth time the Spurs have made the Finals since 1999, second-most for any franchise in that span behind the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs had won all of their previous four finals appearances, putting them only behind the six-time champion Chicago Bulls for most titles without ever losing a Finals, making this series the first Finals loss in Spurs history. This series was also the first time San Antonio had played in the Finals without home court advantage, as Miami had home-court advantage based on their league-best regular season record. It was the Heat’s third consecutive Finals appearance, the first Eastern Conference team to achieve that since the Chicago Bulls (1996�1998).
Four former Finals MVPs played in the series (the Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and the Heat’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron James), the most since 1987. The 2013 Finals also set a record for most international players on either Finals roster (10). Tim Duncan became the fourth player in history to make a Finals appearance in three different decades.
This marked the last Finals played during the tenure of commissioner David Stern. In addition, it also marked the last time the Finals used the 2-3-2 format, after which it will revert back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the succeeding Finals.