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San Antonio Spurs hold up the the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in San Antonio. The Spurs won the NBA championship 104-87. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
NBA Finals: Spurs dominate Heat 104-87 to win title

A year after a heartbreaking Game 7 loss in finals, San Antonio wins 4 routs to deny Heat a 3rd straight title.

First Published Jun 15 2014 09:08 pm • Last Updated Jun 15 2014 11:15 pm

San Antonio • From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league.

The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.

At a glance

Storylines » Spurs win No. 5

The Spurs trail by 16 early but go on a 37-13 tear to turn Game 5 around and win the NBA Finals 3 games to 1.

» San Antonio wins its fifth title, adding it to the ones it won in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Spurs 104, Heat 87

Miami 29 11 18 29 — 87

San Antonio 22 25 30 27 — 104

MIAMI (87)

L.James 10-21 8-9 31, Lewis 1-2 0-0 3, Bosh 6-14 1-2 13, Wade 4-12 2-4 11, Allen 1-8 2-2 5, Battier 0-0 0-0 0, Andersen 0-1 0-0 0, Cole 0-2 2-2 2, Haslem 1-2 0-0 2, Beasley 4-7 1-3 9, Chalmers 2-3 4-5 8, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Douglas 1-2 0-0 3.

Totals 30-75 20-27 87.

SAN ANTONIO (104)

Leonard 7-10 5-6 22, Duncan 5-10 4-6 14, Diaw 2-7 0-0 5, Parker 7-18 2-2 16, Green 0-5 0-0 0, Ginobili 6-11 4-5 19, Splitter 1-1 1-2 3, Mills 6-10 0-0 17, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0, Belinelli 2-3 0-0 4, Ayres 1-1 0-0 2, Joseph 0-2 0-0 0, Baynes 0-0 2-2 2.

Totals 37-78 18-23 104.

3-Point Goals—Miami 7-25 (L.James 3-9, Lewis 1-2, Wade 1-2, Douglas 1-2, Allen 1-3, Cole 0-1, Jones 0-1, Bosh 0-5), San Antonio 12-26 (Mills 5-8, Leonard 3-4, Ginobili 3-6, Diaw 1-3, Parker 0-1, Joseph 0-1, Green 0-3). Fouled Out—Leonard. Rebounds—Miami 53 (L.James 10), San Antonio 45 (Leonard 10). Assists—Miami 14 (L.James 5), San Antonio 25 (Diaw 6). Total Fouls—Miami 23, San Antonio 21. A—18,581 (18,797).

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The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.

A year after their heartbreaking seven-game defeat, their only loss in six finals appearances, the Spurs won four routs to deny Miami’s quest for a third straight championship.

"Hard to believe, isn’t it? Manu Ginobili said. "We played at a really high level."

Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, ‘05 and ‘07. They nearly had another last year, but couldn’t hold off the Heat and lost the final two games.

San Antonio rebounded from an early 16-point deficit by outscoring the Heat 37-13 from the start of the second quarter to midway in the third, kicking off the celebration the Heat canceled last season.

"We remember what happened last year and how it felt in that locker room and we used it and built on it and got back here and it’s amazing," Tim Duncan said. "It makes last year OK."

LeBron James had 17 first-quarter points to help the Heat get off to a fast start. He finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who lost their spot atop the NBA to the team that had it so long.

"They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There’s no other way to say it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.


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The Spurs won four titles in nine years, but hadn’t been back on top since 2007, making Foreigner’s "Feels Like the First Time" an appropriate song choice after the final buzzer.

Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich have been here for all of them, and it was the fourth for Tony Parker and Ginobili, who with Duncan are once again the reigning the Big Three in the NBA.

"Just a great team and we do it together," Parker said.

Chris Bosh finished with 13 points and Dwyane Wade just 11 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Heat, providing James nowhere near the help he needed.

The painful conclusion to last year served as the fuel for this one, powering the Spurs to a 62-win season that topped the NBA and led to a rematch with Miami, the NBA’s first in the finals since Chicago beat Utah in 1997-98.

Round 2 went to the Spurs, but both teams have challenges to navigate for a rubber match.

San Antonio will face questions — as it has for years — about the age of its core, and whether Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich want to stick around. The Heat will brace for the potential free agency of James, Wade and Bosh, and will need younger, fresher pieces around the three All-Stars if they all stay.

But this moment belongs to the Spurs. Playing a methodical style for many years that was predicated on throwing the ball into Duncan made San Antonio respected, but never beloved. The Spurs were TV ratings killers, casual viewers finding them not much fun to watch.

But Popovich opened up the offense a few years ago, making the Spurs an easy-to-like, tough-to-beat group that thrives on ball movement and 3-point shooting.

"You showed the world how beautiful this game is," Commissioner Adam Silver told the Spurs during the postgame award ceremony.

A decade and a half after winning their first title in 1999, when Duncan was in his second season, the Spurs remain the NBA’s model organization, a small-market team that simply wins big and hardly ever does it with a high draft pick. Instead, they found players overseas or in other organizations who would fit the Spurs’ way of doing things and mesh with the Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, the winningest trio in postseason history.

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