The San Antonio Spurs blew out the Miami Heat for the third straight game, claiming the NBA Championship with a 104-87 victory on Sunday night to win the series in five games.
Kawhi Leonard again led the way, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Manu Ginobili added 19 points, four rebounds and four assists, Patty Mills had 17 points, Tony Parker put up 16 and Tim Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
LeBron James was excellent once again, putting up 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, but, like most of this series, he had little help from his supporting cast. Chris Bosh had 13 points and seven rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored 11 points on just four-of-12 shooting while no other Heat player scored in double figures. Excluding James, the Heat shot 20-of-54 from the field (37%).
The Heat got off to as good of a start as they could have imagined. They scored the game’s first eight points and built a 22-6 lead in the first quarter. The Spurs responded with a 12-0 run and trailed by just seven at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, the Spurs took control of the game with a 14-0 run that gave them a 42-35 lead and they took a 47-40 advantage into the break. The Spurs completely broke the game open in the third quarter, using an 18-4 run to start the quarter to push the lead to 67-46. The Heat were able to cut the advantage down to 14 in the fourth quarter, but the Spurs had an answer for every Heat threat and cruised to victory.