“If you failed in the first, make sure to make it in the second.”
That’s exactly what the San Antonio Spurs did in their second outing with Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. After loosing to Heat in Game 7 of last years NBA Finals, Greg Popovich led team made sure to nail it this early and capture their 5th NBA title in today’s Game 5 of NBA finals 2014.
Although both teams are tied in terms of per quarter scoring, 2-2 (Miami got 1st and 4th quarter while Spurs got 2nd and 3rd), Spurs big leads in the 2nd and 3rd make it hard for the Heat to stage a comeback.
Kawhi Leonard who eventually was declared finals MVP, again led the team with his 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. San Antonio’s trio superstars, Manu Ginobili, tony Parker and Tim duncan also contributed well in their win as they scored 19, 16 and 14 points respectively and each with 4,1 and 2 respective rebounds.
Meanwhile, for the Miami Heat, while their superstar LeBron James put up a stellar performance with his 31 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, it was not enough to extend the final series with another game. In a statment James said “Just wanted to inspire my teammates. Obviously, I didn’t do enough.” Miami lost 3 straight games in this year’s NBA finals after winning 1 game in Game 2.
This year’s win by the Spurs gave them their 5th NBA title making them the 4th winningest team in NBA history following Boston Celtics with 17, L.A. Lakers with 16, and Chicago Bulls with 6.
It was indeed a sweet revenge for the Spurs. The title that was already on their hands last year but unfortunately slipped away landed again on their hands this year, and this time it’s for real. As what Miami Heat’s coach Spoelstra said, they are the better team this season and they definitely deserve the title.
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