Miami fans celebrate; Spurs fans vow return to Finals

Spurs fans hit downtown after loss; No major incidents reported during Miami celebration


MIAMI - Miami Heat fans swarmed into the streets by the thousands to celebrate overnight after their team captured its second straight NBA title while somber Spurs fans still showed their support by hitting the streets of downtown San Antonio after Game 7.

Miami's street celebration erupted in the closing seconds of the Heat's 95-88 win over the Spurs.

It was a winner-takes-all final game that brought fans streaming into the area around the AmericanAirlines Arena to exchange high-fives, blow whistles and scream themselves hoarse.

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Some clambered up street signs. Others clanged on pots and pans in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

And after the partying faded in the wee hours Friday, some streets were strewn with trash from the merrymaking.

Lt. Ignatius Carroll of the City of Miami Fire Department said early Friday that authorities had gotten no reports of major problems arising from the post-game celebrations.

He said there had been no gun-related incidents as of 1:30 a.m., with the main problems arising from fans jumping on cars and limousines outside the arena soon after the Heat won.

In San Antonio, meanwhile, disappointed Spurs fans left viewing parties in a somber mood.

Many still waved Spurs flags anyway and honked horns in the streets. One cluster of fans cheered a passing pick-up truck emblazoned with the words: "Go Spurs Go!" But one Spurs fan said he would cry himself to sleep.

Spurs fan Sovia Lauriano told the San Antonio Express-News she loved her team "unconditionally." Hoarse from cheering, she vowed the Spurs would return to the NBA Finals.

"They'll be back. This is not the last time," she vowed.

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