After losing in seven games during the 2013 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs achieved redemption Sunday (June 15), beating the Miami Heat on their way to the team’s fifth NBA title.
“Great coaching, persistence, drive, a love for the game. We remembered what happened last year and how it felt in that locker room. We used it, built on it, and got back here. It’s amazing,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said after the game. “It makes last year OK.”
Sunday’s win capped off a dominant run for the Spurs on their way to the championship, ending the Heat’s Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that ended in Game 5, despite falling behind by 16 early in the game.
The win makes Spurs stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker the winningest trio in NBA postseason history.
“We wanted to redeem ourselves. I’m just glad we were able to do that,” Parker said.
Kawhi Leonard was crowned the Finals MVP, putting up 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs Sunday.
Duncan and Popovich have been in San Antonio for all five titles, while it’s the fourth for Parker and Ginobili, who with Duncan are once again the reigning the Big Three in the NBA.