Game 5: The Wrap


From NBA.com staff reports

Kawhi Leonard is the youngest player to win an NBA Finals MVP since Magic Johnson after the San Antonio Spurs’ Game 5 series-clinching victory over the Miami Heat. The win sealed San Antonio’s fifth NBA championship since 1999 as The Spurs avenged their 2013 Finals loss to Miami in convincing fashion. Here’s a quick recap of NBA.com’s complete Game 5 coverage:

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17 Comments

  1. J4CK Nicholson says:

    Not a hater (although I don’t like how the Heat joined forces) but if they still want to win they need to let go of the old vets (Allen, Birdman, Lewis) the useless (Oden, Chalmers) and the big 3 to reconsider their pay if they want to afford a superstar. Wade can sign for less and be more of a mentor, while Bosh will take a few cut,let Beasley develop. Bron IMO deserves a bigger chunk this time and address issues in the PG and C.

  2. imisswatchingthethunder says:

    Congratulations to the Spurs. They were the only team in the NBA who played like champions form the beginning of the season right to the very last playoff game. They won because they deserved it. It kills me to say but, but these guys are just plain excellent and they brought both the Thunder and the Heat to their knees.

  3. bballjunkie1 says:

    Finally, Spo exposed, should have brought in someone when Lebron came to coach. They wasted the first championship, all he had to do was give Lebron the ball or run plays for him a 3x MVP standing in the corner? Dwade game was always yesterday dribble for 20 seconds now we are scrambling to hoist up a shot. I wasn’t surprised cause Rily caused Magic 2 championships by being stubborn and slow on the draw. So Spo is a chip off of the old block. Way to go Pop exposed every weakness on all sides of the ball with no answers. For us bball junkies thanks for showing these youngsters the old school way, the true way, team bball that aint nothing if u dont have a coach who can push buttons on the fly. It was wonderful.

  4. Jesse Parker says:

    I’m really happy for Tim Duncan and his friends, they really deserved the title this year.
    Last year when they were 5 seconds away from championship, I remember how one 3pt from Ray Allen snatched the title from them, it was such a shame cause if you ask me they should have one last year too, but they definitely made up for that this year.
    Overall they’re a better organized team than the Heat and no team on the NBA executes better than them

    Anyway I’m really happy they took it this year and especially for Duncan since this might be the last time he wins a title.

  5. #30 says:

    Heat miss Mike Miller..lol

  6. lakers says:

    LBJKINGJAMES..DID U WATCH THE FINALS ..THEY WERE OUTPLAYED IN EVERY ASPECT ..THEY GOT BEAT BY 15 OR MORE POINTS IN THE 4 WINS…COULDNT STOP THE SPURS ….LEBRON PLAYED GREAT FOR 3 QUARTERS IN EVERY GAME…ALSO QUIT..NUMBER OF TIMES I SAW HIM NOT GETTING BACK ON D AND HAD HIS HEAD DOWN…YOU NAME SAYS IT ALL….GRANTED BOSH AND WADE DIDNT SHOW UP..I WILL GIVE U THAT…BUT CMON MAN SPURS JUST HANDED IT TO THEM..SO YES THEY DID GET OUTPLAYED…AND OUTCOACHED…IF IT WASNT FOR MISSED FREETHROWS AND ALLEN GREAT 3 SPURS WIN LAST YEAR TO LEBRON WOULD B 1-4 IN FINALS..VERY LUCKY MY FRIEND…LEBRON WILL OPT OUT …WADE DONE AND BOSH WELL IS BOSH..6’10 THREE POINT SHOOTER..C YA NEXT YEAR

    • Marcus Bagby says:

      “And bosh is… bosh” how true. D.Wade, is the worst best friend after that series! If im going to fight the biggest group of B.A.’s on the playground my “cronies” better be there… ready and willing to lay it all down. Further more, how can you come out and get destroyed 3 times consecutively. Yes out coached, defenitely out played. But take nothing from the spurs, as if the Heat just didn’t play well! San Antonio, must have watched “the decision” and the “false prophecy! Either that, or the Heat didn’t think that the other PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES that also collect a paycheck… wouldn’t feel some type of way! And worst than not making it a competitive battle… more than the people who lost money coming to those games… this is the memory that you leave in all NBA fans hearts for an entire off season. …Fyi: I am a miami heat fan

  7. TMac says:

    I just want to come up on here and Congratulate the SA Spurs. They earned that championship hands down. Nothing but the upmost respect for that team.

  8. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    The Heat got outcoached, not outplayed. Spoelstra got EXPOSED. To me Spoelstra has been living off the success of LeBron James, and not his actual coaching ability.

    LeBron did everything he was supposed to do, he didn’t choke or not show up, he had 31pts, 10rbs, 5 asts… he couldn’t have done much more. Wade & Bosh were truly disappointing and they let their team down with their consistently poor performances.

    LeBron has a big decision to make this summer… Because if Pat Riley doesn’t do something to improve this team then LeBron will leave Miami. The Heat need to get younger and bigger. The Heat need quality 3point shooters surrounding LeBron. Most of all the Heat need to seriously consider trading Bosh and trying to get Kevin Love, I used to like Bosh… but he has shown time after time that he is not the same player he was in Toronto. Wade also needs to opt out and resign a more reasonable contract, he is DEFINITELY NOT worth the max contract anymore.

    Either way, this is the end of the ‘big 3′ … and with all the free agents on this team (Rashard Lewis, Chalmers, Birdman, Battier, Allen, Beasley) .. this team is going to look a whole lot different next year …

    • TMac says:

      Most of Spo’s coaching was just awful. I’m not a coach by no means but come on, some of the things Spo did didn’t make a lick of sense….like some of the things he botched as a coach was just pure common sense to me…..smdh.

    • okctofinals says:

      That’s what I’m thinking too. I can’t imagine Pat Riley keeping Eric Spoelstra around after the pounding the Heat took by the Spurs. Not to take anything away from what the Spurs accomplished. Had it played out more closely to last year and gone 7 games even if the Heat lost, I think it would be a completely different story.

      Congratulations to the Spurs. But to those who say the Heat got ‘lucky’ winning the championship last year- nonsense. The Heat won 27 games in a row that year, had the best record, and were a top defensive team. Before the format changed back this year, 3 of the first 5 games were played in San Antonio, so it’s small wonder the Spurs were up 3-2 before losing the next two in Miami.

      Back to the Heat- obviously something is very wrong with Wade. No, it has nothing to do with the Spurs defense- not when he kept getting to the basket in game 4 and couldn’t finish. We’ve unfortunately seen a lot of great players get knocked out due to injury before their prime, and before they even had a chance to accomplish what Wade did- such as Grant Hill, Anfernee Hardaway, and now perhaps Derrick Rose. When Bosh is playing better than Wade you know your team is in trouble.

      So what does Lebron do? If he bolts again like he bolted Cleveland, it looks bad for his image that he always has to find a better team when his current one fails. But he needs some huge guarantees of changes in players to stay in Miami, and I don’t think adding Carmelo Anthony is going to solve things. They need a reliable point guard, someone along the line of Kyrie Irving or Rajon Rondo. And then some shot-blocking ala Serge Ibaka would help. There’s no way James would fit on the OKC roster, and he’s better off staying in the East. His best chance might be to join his hated rivals The Pacers, but I’m sure they don’t have the cap space. Go back to Cleveland and play with their top draft picks of the last 3 years? Possibly, but it might be a slow build to another championship.

      Yeah, I think the ‘Big 3′ era of Miami has ended. Unless Pat Riley has something else up his sleeve.

      • saeed says:

        Cleveland won’t help?
        Are you kidding?
        Kyrie is now mature and he is way better than 33-year-old Wade. Adding Wiggins along with James and Kyrie, and probably Bennett learning from the King, can help Cleveland to be a great great great team. LeBron should go back to Cleveland.

    • cp10 says:

      I hear you, you make some good points, but what about those 2 other titles and 4 straight western-conference titles? I doubt they were flukes. Remember the 27-game streak last year? The Heat got smashed, but how else would you build a team around LJ, DWade, and CB, and have them sit down so the role players take over? Can’t blame Coach Spo for everything, but the responsibility does rest on him and Riley and Heat management for the choices they made.

      • cp10 says:

        Whoops, I meant eastern-conference titles. Also @okctofinals, I should’ve read your post first, good points; and have you noticed Dwyane Wade’s face is so swollen? What’s up with that?

    • Marvin says:

      “The Heat got outcoached, not outplayed.”

      I beg to differ. The Heat got BOTH out coached and flat out out played. The coaches didn’t play, the players played. That, by definition, means that the Spurs outplayed the Heat.

      Unless, of course, you have a different definition of the phrase ‘out played’ than the rest of us.

    • Another Heat Fan says:

      No, this isn’t on coach spo.

      Listen, it’s an 82 game season. Let’s not pretend the Heat looked better than San Antonio throughout the season.

      Losing mike miller changed a lot. But also we need a big man and Oden was just a wrong choice because he wasn’t utilized (just like Bynum for the pacers)

  9. Wade says:

    that should’ve been my title. We had it all along!