SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Tim Duncan insists that last year’s agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals played a big role in this year’s championship victory.
“What happened last year definitely helped our drive and helped us stay focused for an extended period of time,” he said. “It very easily could have hit us in different ways and we could have reacted in different ways.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Minutes after the Miami Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals in a Game Five rout, LeBron James conceded the San Antonio Spurs were simply a better team.
“That’s how team basketball should be played,” James told reporters after the 104-87 drubbing on Sunday that closed out the series and gave the Spurs their fifth championship.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The San Antonio Spurs delivered a decisive end to LeBron James’ two-year reign atop the basketball world by routing the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday to win the NBA Finals four games to one.
San Antonio, which outscored the Heat 55-29 over the decisive second and third quarters, was paced in scoring by finals most valuable player Kawhi Leonard who had 22 points, while Argentina’s Manu Ginobili added 19.
(Reuters) – Having been down that agonizing road a year ago, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan understands that until the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are eliminated from the NBA Finals they still have a pulse.
“We know the caliber team they are, and we have a lot of respect for what they’re able to do,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ 38-year-old spiritual leader and 14-time All-Star.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Chris Bosh is so accustomed to taking a backseat to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade that he sometimes believes the Miami Heat’s Big Three should be called the Big 2.5.
And he’s all right with it.
“Validating yourself is a constant process,” he said. “I really let that go a long time ago. I don’t care about those things. I just care about the game.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The NBA champion Miami Heat, boosted by LeBron James’ 35 points defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 in the NBA Finals on Sunday to level the best-of-seven series at one game each.
The Heat were trailling 93-92 with 2:25 remaining then scored the next six points to take a 98-93 lead before a three-pointer by the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili at the final buzzer ended the scoring.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The Miami Heat have won 12 straight playoff games following a loss, a streak they will need to keep alive on Sunday to avoid going into an ominous 0-2 hole against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
LeBron James credits postseason experience for the team’s ability to bounce back, while Dwyane Wade says the chief reason is more a product of X’s and O’s on the chalkboard.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The list of things the San Antonio Spurs did superbly in the opening game of the NBA Finals is textbook: shooting, defense, rebounding and assists.
But coach Gregg Popovich knows that the Spurs will not beat the Miami Heat over a full series and claim their first championship since 2007 if they cannot control turnovers.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James insisted he will be “100 percent” for Game Two of the NBA Finals on Sunday after being forced from the series opener during crunch time against the San Antonio Spurs.
James received two and a half bags of intravenous fluids after the Spurs’ 110-95 victory on Thursday because of leg cramps he suffered midway through the fourth quarter.
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – LeBron James may have been the only casualty but the sauna-like conditions in Game One of the NBA Finals caused a lot of pain, frustration and dehydration.
Even the fans were not spared from the steamy conditions when an electrical outage caused the air conditioning to fail at the AT&T Center on Thursday.