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June 21, 2013

Miami celebrates Heat victory, Spurs fans somber

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ATHENS —

A few miles away in Miami's Little Havana district, thousands gathered in the streets to bang pots and pans and hold up Heat signs and chant "Let's Go Heat!" People in the cars driving by rolled down their windows, stuck their bodies out and waved their hands.

"This is what we Latin people do," said Carlos Gonzalez, 33, who was holding up a sign with an image of LeBron James' head.

In San Antonio, meanwhile, disappointed Spurs fans left viewing parties in a somber mood. Some 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 ( http://bit.ly/12f9QeT ) 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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