The Miami Heat celebrated their second championship in franchise history on Monday morning with a parade in South Beach.
Thousands of fans lined the streets as the Heat players and coaches drove through Miami on double-decker buses. The team then proceeded to American Airlines Arena, where they spoke about winning their first title since 2006.
It's Dwyane Wade's second title with the Heat, but it's the first for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. James lost to the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals with the Cavs. Bosh didn't win a playoff series until signing with Miami.
At the parade, James discussed how he felt after finally winning a championship.
It feels, amazing, man, to be celebrating this with our fans, our friends and family. This is unbelievable. This shows how much support we got down here in Miami. This is a great day, said James. We've been on Cloud Nine and beyond.
The parade proceeded despite the threat of rain. There was concern that inclement weather would disrupt the party, but the players drove through downtown Miami without interruption.
I appreciate all our fans for sticking with us,'' said Wade, who held the championship trophy for much of the procession. Best fans in the world.
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra received a lot criticism during the team's run, but was vindicated after the Heat beat the Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals.
People from the outside, they criticized this group, this team, Spoelstra said. They counted this team out. But they never estimated how close this group was as a family. Every single one of these players had to sacrifice something, either money, opportunity, minutes to be a part of this team. And it was all for a moment like this.
Below is some video footage of the Heat's championship parade.