MIAMI HEAT REACH NBA FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2014

The Miami heat have qualified for the final of the NBA

MIAMI HEAT REACH NBA FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2014

Miami Heat Reach NBA Finals For First Time Since 2014

The Miami Heat have reached the NBA Finals following a 125-113 win over the Boston Celtics which wrapped up a 4-2 series victory.

The three-time NBA champions, who are in the final for the first time since 2014, will face Western Conference winners Los Angeles Lakers in the best-of-seven finals, with game one on Wednesday.

Bam Adebayo, who is of African-American descent, top-scored for the Heat with a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler added 22.

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Adebayo, who scored an average of 21.8 points per game during the series, said after the match: "I had to realign myself with who I really want to become and I showed that tonight."

"Being in that moment and embracing it and taking over as we win the conference finals is a great thing for me."

Head coach Erik Spoelstra led the Heat to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 when LeBron James starred for the franchise.

James will now be on the opposite side of the court this time around having led 16-time champions the Lakers to their first NBA Finals in 10 years.

"The main key, and it's been like this for a very long time, if you want to win, you're going to have to go through a LeBron James-led team," said Butler.

"At the end of the day, that's what it normally comes down to, and that's what we got to focus in on. Honestly, we can't just focus in on him because he has so many really good players around him.