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The San Antonio Spurs finished off the Miami Heat Sunday night, taking game 5 of the NBA Finals series, 104-87. The Spurs won their 1st NBA championship in 7 years and ended the Heat’s run of two straight championships.
The Heat started quickly, taking as much as a 16 point lead in the 1st half, but the Spurs recovered quickly and took a 7 point lead into halftime. The Spurs blow the game out in the 2nd half, getting up by as many as 22 points.
Lebron James tried to get the Heat going right from the start, scoring 17 points in the 1st quarter, but he was unable to sustain his great play. James finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Similar to game 4, James got very little help from this teammates. Dwayne Wade contributed an inconsequential 11 points on 4 for 12 from the field. The other third of the big 3, Chris Bosh didn’t contribute much more, adding 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard had his 3rd straight stellar game, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds before fouling out. Although Leonard got off to a slow start in the series, his performance in the last 3 games were enough for him to named the NBA Finals MVP. In the 5 games Leonard averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
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