Ranking each NBA Finals of the decade from worst to best

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9. 2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat Miami Heat (4-1)

Competitiveness: 2/10
Conclusion: 4/10
Overall excitement: 4/10
Average score: 3.3/10

The 2014 NBA Finals was a rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Their previous meeting was an explosive one, going down as one of the most exciting series we had ever seen. Unfortunately, the sequel didn’t live up to the hype of the original.

The Spurs entered this season with a hunger for vengeance. After coming painfully close to winning the title in 2013, this team was on a mission to redeem itself. Knowing this might be their last chance to compete with the big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, it was vital the Spurs took advantage of their opportunity.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat were chasing after an opportunity to three-peat. Back-to-back titles from LeBron James had this franchise on pace to become a dynasty. However, injuries to both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would play a major factor in their production during the postseason, putting immense pressure on James and the rest of the roster.

Once the Finals began, it was clear the Spurs had an advantage. Kawhi Leonard was the X-factor, and this series was his coming out party. In the final three games, Leonard averaged 23.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game on an incredible 68.6 percent shooting from the field and 53.8 percent from deep. He became the third-youngest Finals MVP winner of all-time.

Tim Duncan chipped in with 15.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, helping bring home his fifth NBA championship and solidifying his legacy as the greatest power forward to ever play. By the end of the series, the Spurs had won by a Finals-record margin of 70 total points.