SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs’ youngest star is only getting started.
Kawhi Leonard is a champion now, with the Spurs beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, finishing off a 4-1 triumph. And after watching the Heat celebrate last season, Leonard was the pick as MVP of the series, accepting his award from 11-time champion Bill Russell.
When Commissioner Adam Silver announced Leonard as the most valuable player, he was mobbed by his teammates.
Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight big game in the series.
At 22, he became the youngest finals MVP since Tim Duncan won it for the Spurs in 1999.