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Capping a series that they dominated for long stretches, the Spurs recovered from a terrible start to clobber the star laden Heat 104 87 on Sunday night, perhaps bringing the Big Three era in South Beach to an end, depending on the whims of LeBron James.
The convincing win gave the Spurs, head coach Gregg Popovich, and peerless Tim Duncan a fifth title, series MVP Kawhi Leonard his first and the whole organization some oh so gratifying revenge after the Spurs Mbt Women's Sandals Kisumu let victory slip through their hands against these Heat just a year ago.
Take a seat, Three Heat. Miami run as NBA champion has come to an end after two seasons, thanks to the sizzling San Antonio Spurs.
The Heat failure was not on James. The NBA best player performed like it, turning in many spectacular efforts, but he got little help. His team could not defend, his supporting cast could not score enough points, Mbt Sandals Mens
worked extremely hard to get to this point, came up short, added Chris Bosh. was either going to be a celebration, or something to feel bad about. We take it with that and we all make our decisions later.
While the Spurs looked jittery, missing five straight to begin the game, Miami was energetic and scrappy. The Spurs were short on most shot attempts.
If this was it for the Big Three, two Finals wins and two losses, Riley grand experiment, while not a failure by any means, did not hit the lofty heights promised when this super team was put together.
Two devastating, upset, first round losses, two heartbreaking defeats in the Western Conference Finals and another in the semi finals. But all of that can now be forgotten in the glow of this success. The NBA top team all year long is fittingly its last squad standing.
be so close last year, it was very cruel, but that the beauty of sport. Sometimes it tough, and sometimes it can be beautiful like today because it shows a lot of character to take a loss and to come back the following year and win the whole thing. ever, it was a total team effort that propelled the Spurs, though Manu Ginobili was spectacular and turned the tide with his 19 points, Patty Mills added 17 off of the bench, Leonard 22, and Duncan 14.
James had promised to bring everything he had, to lift Miami into the record books amongst the greatest comeback teams the sporting world had ever seen.
It had been an unusually long wait between titles for the NBA model franchise. San Antonio had won 69% of its games in the six seasons since its last championship, before winning 76% of the time this season, the second most victories in the Popovich/Duncan era.
From there, the Spurs kept missing good looks, knowing eventually they would drop. Popovich relentless, technically superior black and silver machine just kept rolling, until Leonard, again matching James blow for blow, hit a three and Ginobili, contorting his body like a corkscrew, sank a tough reverse layup and suddenly, San Antonio was up and the attack Mbt Shoes Pictures
Billed as a close series, instead, this was a demolition. The Spurs outclassed the Heat at both ends of the floor, relentlessly taking it to the former kings of the hill.
There would be no collapse this time, this was not an even matchup, as San Antonio was fuelled by the memory of having a title ripped out of its grasp in agonizing fashion.
Leonard, so young, but so impressive in this series, said it all felt like a dream. He won the title and MVP on Father Day, no less, six years after his father was murdered.
By mid way through the third quarter, the game had been turned on its head thanks to a 30 point swing. San Antonio had become the first team since the Lakers in 2002 to lead consecutive Finals games by 20 points or more, then did it again on Sunday.
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guys are trying to find answers, I not going to give you one, James said to the media.
some of them could barely move. Not exactly a winning combination. James had 17 points in the first quarter and 20 in the half, his teammates put up 12, and then 20.
Despite all of that regular season success, there have been some tough times since the 2007 win.
came in with five straight wins when facing elimination and 6 3 under head coach Erik Spoelstra overall and appeared to be in good shape thanks to a rare excellent start after Bosh had guaranteed a victory at shoot around.
continued, with Ginobili following free throws with a monster jam that came after he cruised right down the lane to the tin like it was 2005 all over again. The bedlam that followed was louder than anything in an NBA arena this season. The fans, spoiled by so much success by these Spurs since 1999, had been waiting a while for another precious sniff of victory.
With James on fire and the Spurs bricking everything (28.6% shooting for the quarter) a return trip to Miami started to look increasingly likely. It was Miami biggest first quarter lead of the post season, but, led by Ginobili, who had been so down after some poor performances last year, the Spurs chipped away until the lead was down to seven after 12 minutes.
Early on, he did just that, turning in the best first quarter of his NBA career, an otherworldly performance, punctuated by a three pointer seemingly launched from closer to half court than the three point line.
Popovich became the fifth coach in NBA history to win five titles, joining Heat architect Pat Riley, among others, while Duncan became the second player with titles in three different decades. Cory Joseph, of Pickering, Ont., joined a short list of Canadian champions.
is the sweetest one, said four time champ Tony Parker, who struggled until the result was no longer in doubt but had an excellent series.
Spurs overpower Heat to take title
James has progressed immeasurably since he and the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept away by the Spurs in 2006 07 and the Heat is a far better team than those Cavs, yet, James again got little help and had to do nearly all of the heavy lifting himself.
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