That's it for today's blog from what proved the decisive game of the 2014 NBA Finals. The Spurs are the champions and the questions over the future of the Heat have already started. Don't forget to stay logged on to smh.com.au for a match report and all the reaction from San Antonio.
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So, I guess that is it for the 2013-2014 NBA season. Congratulations to the Spurs on winning a fifth title. True champions is every sense of the word. The season may be over but this blog still has a prize to give away. The winner of the book Michael Jordan: The Life will be announced shortly.
I've said several times on air that Patty Mills has become my favorite Spur. He has hit huge shots all season - none bigger than THOSE.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 16, 2014
This is very good.
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Lebron and his fans heading to the next team pic.twitter.com/niVa2NuIwA— WORLD STAR (@WorldStarFunny) June 16, 2014
''What happened last year made us stronger.''
''We played at a really high level. It wasn't about Tim Duncan or Tony Parker.
''This was a team. That is what makes it so nice.'' - Manu Ginobili speaking after the game.
Thank you, LeBron, for going so weirdly passive in the second and third quarters when your team needed you most.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 16, 2014
Kawhi Leonard has been named NBA Finals MVP. Well deserved and not bad for a 22-year-old. The Spurs' future looks to be in safe, and big, hands.
The official presentation is beginning. We will bring you some of the highlights.
NBA Comissioner Adam Silver praises the players and fans, thanking the Heat and praising the Spurs.
In a great sight, many of the international players on the Spurs's roster have their national flags with them.
Aarony Baynes has an Australian flag, Patty Mills has the Torres Strait Islands flag. Great to see.Back to top
When asked what made the title possible, Sours big man Tim Duncan replied:
''Great coaching, persistance, drive, love for the game... This makes last year OK.''
''I know it is coming to an end, I don't know if I will ever be here again.''
It is Father's Day in the US and Tim Duncan didn't take long to find his kids and give them a hug. You couldn't ask for better. What a great win for the Spurs. The pain of losing in the finals last year is now gone.
LeBron James quickly leaves the court. Four straight Finals appearances for he and the Heat. Two titles and two losses.
It's over. SPURS WIN!!! SPURS WIN!! San Antonio are the NBA champions. Final score 104-87
The Spurs' other Australia, Aron Baynes hits the court and picks up two points at the free-throw line. SAS 102-84Back to top
Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili hug it out on the bench. That duo have both enjoyed great finals series. This Spurs team will be remembered as one for the ages. A great team playing great basketball. SAS 100-82
Tim Duncan is awarded a fitting send-off as he leaves the court. Is this his last time as an NBA player? We may find out after the match. SAS 100-81
Wade & LeBron standing on baseline reminds me of KD/Russ/Harden at end of '12 Finals. Thought they'd be back, but no. What about Heat's duo?— J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 16, 2014
Patty Mills & Aron Baynes becomes the 3rd and 4th Australians to win an NBA Championship. (Luc Longley 1996, 1997, 1998. Andrew Gaze 1999).— Daniel Eade (@DanielEade) June 16, 2014
Miami end the season with a whimper. They lose game three by 19, game four by 21 and are getting towelled up again.Back to top