Confetti fell as the San Antonio Spurs rejoices after winning the 2014 NBA Finals against the defending champion, the Miami Heat. It was their fifth NBA championship after finishing off a dominant run with a resounding score of 104-87, Sunday.
When the Spurs needed a spark in the first half, Manu Ginobili was there to provide it. Except for garbage time, Ginobili single-handedly outplayed Miami’s bench. He put San Antonio in control of the game with his scoring and ability to create shots for others, finishing with 19 points and four assists.
“We got to this spot and we didn’t let it go,” Ginobili said via Yahoo.
SAS is the first team in league finals history to win three straight games in the same series, according to ESPN stats & Info. The championship comes after almost winning it a year ago but an unlikely Heat rally denied them the Larry O’Brien trophy that time.
However, in this season’s finals, the Spurs were completely merciless. They finished off games in a statement and showed a brand of basketball never seen before. From the regular season to the finals, Spurs showed “team basketball” with so many players stepping up and hitting big-time shots.
Indeed, their victory party is worth the wait.
“It makes last year OK,” 5th-time NBA champion Tim Duncan said thru ESPN.
“We wanted to redeem ourselves. I’m just glad we were able to do that,” point guard Tony Parker echoed.
Meanwhile, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stated that a day didn’t go by without him thinking about last season’s Game 6. Hence, it was not a surprise that his team was driven by resilience all season long especially on that finals rout.
“I believe it speaks volumes about how constituted and what kind of fiber we had during the game,” Pop said.
Youngest NBA Finals MVP
Kawhi Leonard, the 22-year-old small forward of SAS, the defensive enforcer who can hit the open mid-range jumper and nails three-point shot, was this year’s NBA Finals MVP. He became the youngest finals MVP since Magic Johnson in 1980.
Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5, which is his third straight dominant game in the series. He did an excellent job in guarding Lebron James and kept on harassing the best basketball player in the world on the defensive end.
“They just told me, ‘Keep being aggressive,'” Leonard said via The Associated Press.
James who led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds said that they had a great first quarter. He added that during that point, they were the better team and makes them champions in 2014.
-JEFFREY D. CONSULTADO
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