The San Antonio Spurs came bitterly close to a franchise fifth NBA Championship a year ago. Fueled by heartbreak this season, San Antonio finished off the Miami Heat emphatically in Game 5 Sunday 104-87 to snatch their fifth ring.
Miami vied for a third straight title, but unlike last year, the Spurs didn’t leave this postseason to luck. San Antonio won an astounding 12 playoff games by 15 or more points including all four of their victories in the NBA Finals to wrap up, one of the most dominant post-season runs ever.
From Game 7 of the first round to Game 5 of the finals, the Spurs went 13-4, scoring more than 100 points 13 times. The 49-33 Dallas Mavericks gave San Antonio the wake up call they needed to run through the 54-28 Portland Trail Blazers, 59-23 Oklahoma City Thunder and 54-28 Heat, at times with ease.
Ahead let’s reflect on what happened Sunday, how Kawhi Leonard (22 points) won the NBA Finals MVP and a quick look back at another extraordinary finals.