The 2013-14 NBA season came to an end on Sunday and San Antonio Spurs were crowned the new NBA champions at the AT&T Centre after cruising to a 4-1 series win against the Miami Heat after beating them 104-87 in game five.
Gregg Popovich has been San Antonio's head coach for 16 years securing five NBA titles in the process, but this would have been one of the sweetest with his team redeeming themselves from their 4-3 defeat in the NBA Finals against Miami Heat in the previous season. Since that day they have been clinical in their style of play.
Meanwhile after the game Popovich spoke to ESPN and admitted he previously thought that the series was going to head back to Miami for game six, but made it clear he has the upmost respect for his players for what they have achieved:
"I've said many times, a day didn't go by where I didn't think about Game 6, so I think, just in general, for the group to have the fortitude that they showed to get back to this spot, I think speaks volumes about how they're constituted and what kind of fibre they have."
Spurs started off by winning the game one of the series before losing game two at their home. After the defeat Popovich's men won back to back games on the road at the American Airlines Arena leaving the Heat with a mountain to climb, before sealing the series win on Sunday night.
Miami on the other hand have missed the chance of joining an elite group of teams by completing the three-peat as Spurs were the dominant side, and after the game Erik Spoelstra made it clear to ESPN that the better team won:
"They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team."
The Heat started off on the front foot taking the first quarter 29-22.
Miami set up a nervous period for the hosts taking a 22-6 lead in the first quarter before the Spurs clawed some points back.
LeBron James scored a massive 17 of Heat's 29, while for San Antonio Kawhi Leonard scored eight and Manu Ginobili added six.
In the second Popovich's men bounced back to win 25-11. Ginobili added eight to his tally, with Leonard, not missing a shot, scored seven, and Tim Duncan converted six. Dwyane Wade managed six for the visitors but heading in at half-time the hosts had a seven point lead over the reigning NBA champions at 47-40.
San Antonio kept up their momentum in the third period taking the game to Heat and scoring 30 points to Spoelstra's men's 18. Patty Mills scored a huge 14 points in seven minutes for the hosts scoring all nine of his attempted shots, while Chris Bosh and James both added seven for the Heat.
Heading into the fourth and the hosts had a comfortable 19 point lead over Miami at 77-58, as the fourth saw Popovich and Spoelstra play the bench players for the remaining quarter with the Heat winning the period 29-27.
Michael Beasley scored nine for the visitors with both Mario Chalmers and James adding four, while for the hosts Tony Parker played ten minutes of the final period and scored ten points.
After the buzzer the AT&T Centre roared into life as San Antonio were crowned champions. And with the team at their disposal it was a well-deserved victory against a tough opposition with the Spurs playing some quick and clinical basketball to secure a 4-1 demolition job.
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