President Obama calls Erik Spoelstra

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama congratulated Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on winning the NBA championship for a second consecutive season.

Obama called coach Spoelstra on Friday afternoon. The White House says Obama pointed out the team's relentless determination and noted it was a historic season for the team and for its MVP, LeBron James.

The White House says Obama told the coach that he'll have the team to the White House to congratulate them in person on their victory.

Miami won its third NBA championship Thursday night, beating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of the finals.