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Spurs beat Heat to win fifth NBA title

English.news.cn   2014-06-16 16:57:21

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The San Antonio Spurs claimed their fifth NBA championship after beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday to win the best-of-seven series in five games.

With this win San Antonio took sweet revenge on the Heat after falling in last year's finals after seven games. The Spurs lost the last two games of the 2013 finals after being up 3-2.

"Last year's loss was devastating," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "A day didn't go by where I didn't think about game six.

"So I think in general for the group to have the fortitude that they showed to get back to this spot speaks volumes about what kind of fibre they have."

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the Most Valuable Player of the finals as he led the Spurs in scoring in the final three games.

Leonard scored 22 points on Sunday and finished with 10 rebounds.

The Spurs trailed by 16 at one stage before clawing it back in the second quarter to take a 47-40 lead into halftime.

They shot a finals record 52.7 percent from the field for series.

"We got a little stagnant at the beginning," said Manu Ginobili. "We changed in second quarter our defence was better.

Argentina's Ginobili and Australian Patty Mills came off the bench to score 19 and 17 points respectively for the Spurs.

LeBron James earned a game high 31 points and had 10 rebounds, while Chris Bosh scored 13 points for the Heat.

The Spurs had won the NBA title in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007, and the Spurs' big three of Tony Parker, Ginobili and Duncan have now won four titles together.

Editor: Yang Yi
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