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October 31, 2012 12:16 AM

Miami Heat makes excellence seem routine in opening rout

The NBA championship banner rose with slow majesty. The ring ceremony was as understated as one can be when the ring is a sparkling riot of diamonds the size of a hatbox. Heat players dripped with the color of success from the gold trophy on their warm-up jerseys to their gold-colored sneakers. And a jammed-full arena made downtown Miami swoon with a delightful noise that sounded like appreciation, like love.

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