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The 6 Most Pivotal Players for Miami Heat in 2012-13
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The Miami Heat finally captured the first championship of the Big Three era. After falling in year one to the surprise package Dallas Mavericks, the Heat overcame a young, athletic Oklahoma City Thunder in the finals in comprehensive fashion.

LeBron James led the team all season long, winning both regular season and Finals MVP awards as he assumed the mantle of team leader as Dwyane Wade battled injuries during the season.

However, role players like Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers deserve as much credit for delivering the championship trophy to South Beach once again due to several inspired performances from both helping defeat the plucky Thunder team.

These players, along with a new addition, will again be pivotal in Miami attempting to be just the second franchise to repeat since Michael Jordan's second retirement in 1998 (The Los Angeles Lakers have repeated twice from 2000-2002 and 2009-10).

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