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SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA postseason history, shared hugs. Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above.
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.
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 NBA Finals in five games.
SAN ANTONIO – Early Sunday evening, LeBron James will gather his Miami Heat teammates around him and offer a few final words of wisdom before they try to extend their reign as NBA champions. James never rehearses the speech, but already knows what the gist will be.
MIAMI – The San Antonio Spurs have three more chances to grab the championship trophy that slipped away last year. The way they’re dominating the Miami Heat, they might need just one.
MIAMI – LeBron James had a pained expression on his face during warmups and left the court twice in the early going, once to get his ankle re-taped and another time for a bathroom break. He was clearly not feeling his best.
Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Miami Heat again in a 107-86 victory Thursday night to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
MIAMI – LeBron James has learned an important lesson during his journey from 19-year-old rookie to two-time NBA champion: Never talk back to the coach during a film session. “Let him make his point, whether he’s right or wrong, and you live with it and move on,” James said.
LeBron James has learned an important lesson during his journey from 19-year-old rookie to two-time NBA champion: Never talk back to the coach during a film session.
MIAMI – History would suggest they did everything right. Since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teamed up for the “Big 3” era with the Miami Heat, there had been some absolute truths when it came to their home playoff games. When they shot at least 48 percent, they were 18-0. When they made at least 10 shots from 3-point range, they were 12-0. And in this postseason, they were a perfect 8-0 in their building.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs made an NBA Finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead.
MIAMI – Dwyane Wade thinks there’s no one better than the Miami Heat at dealing with the mental challenge of the playoffs. In his eyes, only one other team might compare. He’s talking about the San Antonio Spurs.
NEW YORK – The NBA Finals rematch is drawing a higher television audience than the first go-around between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Nielsen said Game 2 on Sunday delivered just over 15 million viewers on ABC and had a peak audience of 18,786,000 viewers from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The viewership translates to an 8.9 household rating. That is a 5 percent increase from last year’s Game 2, which drew an 8.5.
SAN ANTONIO – No cramps, no problems for LeBron James. And with their superstar making it to the finish this time, the Miami Heat bounced back from a loss, just as they always do in the playoffs.
LeBron James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful comeback from the cramps that knocked him out of the opener, as the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs are on an unprecedented postseason roll that not even a boatload of turnovers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals could stop. They probably ruined power forward Tim Duncan’s hopes of a career change. Duncan wants to be a point guard, coach Gregg Popovich revealed Saturday, a wish that won’t be granted. But Duncan would settle for another title, and the Spurs would be halfway there by beating Miami tonight in Game 2.
SAN ANTONIO – Gatorade apologized Friday for comments posted to the company’s Twitter feed after Miami Heat star LeBron James cramped up and had to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The tweets were not deleted.
The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.
Tony Parker’s left ankle is ready for the NBA Finals. The San Antonio point guard pronounced himself ready to go for tonight’s Game 1 of the title series against the Miami Heat, after spending much of the last few days recovering from a sprain. “I think he’ll be fine,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Parker acknowledged that he still has some concerns about how the ankle will hold up over the course of the finals. He and Popovich both indicated in recent days that treatment has helped considerably. “I’m trying to be very positive,” Parker said. “I’m trying to do everything I can, eat healthy, get my rest, go through treatment and just trust my body.” – AP