San Antonio Spurs Get Big Win to End It All and Earn Them the 2014 NBA Finals Championship
Last night, the San Antonio Spurs took home the win in the NBA Finals championship, beating the Miami Heat in an impressive and exhilarating performance.
The win earned the Spurs “big three” players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili their fourth championship victory together, with head coach Greg Popovich, who has been with the Spurs since 1996. Duncan, 37 year-old power forward/center has made it the playoffs each of his 17 years as part of the team. He has worked with fellow teammats 32 year-old point guard Parker for 13 years and 36 year-old shooting guard Ginóbili for 12 years.
Although the Spur’s veteran “big three” players have won several NBA championships together, this year’s win could not have been accomplished without the help of rookie player and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. The small forward joined the NBA in 2011 and at just 22 years old, he is the youngest to receive the Finals’ MVP award since Magic Johnson in 1980. Before Leonard, Duncan was the second youngest until now, receiving the award with the Spurs at 23 in his 1999 victory over the New York Knicks.
As the two teams battled head to head in the NBA Finals, Lebron James and the Miami Heat fell short, unable to overcome the Spurs tenacious offense and unshakable drive. Overtaking the Heat in a 4-1 series, the Spurs were able to win the championship in five games because of teamwork, perseverance, resilience, and the depth of the players and their skills.
Watch the videos below to get recaps of each game and the Spurs’ journey to victory: