Anchorage's Chalmers an NBA champ again

bbragg@adn.comJune 20, 2013 

From left, Miami Heat players Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade celebrate after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championships, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

WILFREDO LEE — AP

Super, Mario.

Anchorage's Mario Chalmers became a two-time NBA champion Thursday in Miami.

The fifth-year pro scored 14 points to help the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The victory allowed Chalmers, 27, to add to an impressive collection of championships.

He won two Alaska state high school titles as a freshman and sophomore at Bartlett High, in 2002 and 2003. He won an NCAA title, famously, with Kansas in 2008. And now, as a sidekick to LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, he's the winner of back-to-back NBA titles with the Heat.

Chalmers, a 6-foot-2 point guard, added two steals and two assists and committed four turnovers in 40 minutes of play, the second-most playing time for anyone on the Heat.

He didn't have his best shooting night -- he was 1 of 7 from 3-point range, 6 of 15 from the field and 1 of 4 from the foul line, and he missed a pair of free throws in the final two minutes with the Heat up by two.

But this is Super Mario, whose regulation 3-point buzzer-beater for Kansas in the NCAA title game landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated. So even on an off night, he delivered in the clutch.

It happened with time running out in the third quarter and the Spurs ahead 71-69. He inbounded the ball after Manu Ginobili's layup gave the Spurs the lead with 5.2 seconds left, got the ball back and banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 72-71 lead going into the final quarter.

 

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

 

 

 

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