After feeling the heartbreak of losing the NBA championship last year to the Miami Heat, The San Antonio Spurs returned the favor Sunday winning the 2014 NBA Championship as they defeated the Heat 104-87 in Game 5.
Kwahi Leonard, who was named Finals MVP, led the Spurs with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
“It just feels like a dream really”, Leonard said on NBA Gametime. “Your whole life you just play so hard in high school, and college just wanting to get to this level and win a championship. A lot of guys don’t even get to the playoffs and just being able to win one and losing one last year just feels surreal.”
The Miami Heat built an early lead 22-6 in the first quarter but the Spurs answered by going on a 37-13 run against the Heat from the start of the second quarter until midway through the third quarter. The Heat could never rebound from a double-digit deficit giving the Spurs their first NBA title since 2007.
Lebron James led the Heat in scoring with 31 points and 17 rebounds. He scored 17 point in the first quarter when the Heat built a double-digit lead and seemed in control early. Chris Bosh Finished with 13 points and Dwayne Wade added 11 points on 33 percent shooting.
“They were the much better team”, James said on NBA Gametime. “That’s what is team basketball and how team basketball should be played.”
Lebron James declined to discuss his or any of the other Heat player’s future with the team as James can opt-out of his current contract this summer. James was asked what moves he thought management should make to improve the team over the summer.
“I play for my teammates every single night”, James said on NBA Gametime. “I don’t really get involved in management, that’s not my job”
Kwahi Leonard, 22 years old, became the third youngest player to win the Finals MVP and the youngest since his Spurs teammate Tim Duncan did it in 1999 when he was 23 years old.