Chris Covatta

Heat vs. Spurs, NBA Finals 2014 Game 5: San Antonio rallies to clinch 5th NBA title

Miami came out strong early in their elimination game, taking a double-digit first-quarter lead. But the Spurs rallied in the second quarter and controlled the second half on the way to a 104-87 win and their fifth NBA title.

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Spurs positioned to continue dominance

The Spurs captured their fifth NBA title. What's next for San Antonio?


How Kawhi won MVP and Manu threw daggers

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the 2014 NBA Finals MVP behind an aggressive pull-up game in the series clincher, while Manu Ginobili found the fountain of youth by attacking the Heat off mismatches.


How the Spurs won their 5 championships

Tim Duncan and the Spurs have won five championships, all in different ways. Here's a look at those teams and how we got here.


Spurs win one for Duncan's thumb

The Heat pushed way ahead early in Game 5, but it proved to be their final punch. The Spurs responded like the five-time champions they are, and Miami had nothing left. In the end, it was another Spurs blowout and a fifth title for Tim Duncan.


This is what a championship sounds like

Paul Flannery hung out with Spurs diehards to discover what it sounds like when San Antonio wins a championship.


Russell congratulates Leonard on Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard is just 22 years old, but he's now an NBA Finals MVP and got to shake the hand of NBA legend Bill Russell for whom the MVP trophy he was holding is named. Not bad for a 22-year-old, eh?


The Heat will be back, just look at the Spurs

All is not lost for Miami. Need an example? Look across the court at the champs.


The more talented team won the title

The easy narrative is to say that the Spurs overcame Miami's talent with teamwork and unselfishness. The more accurate one is not so tidy.


Duncan hugs kids after winning title


Tim Duncan is one happy daddy on Father's Day, winning his fifth NBA title and giving his kids a big ol' hug after the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat in Game 5.


Leonard named NBA Finals MVP

The Spurs' versatile forward was huge throughout the NBA Finals, earning him the Bill Russell Award.


Spurs end Heat's reign, win NBA title

After going down by 16 points early, the Spurs came roaring back and ran away with Game 5 to win the franchise's fifth NBA championship.


Kawhi Leonard's hands have been everywhere

We owe a lot of thanks to these hands.


Splitter packs Wade at the rim


Last year in the NBA Finals, Tiago Splitter was rejected by LeBron James at the rim. This year, Splitter got his revenge on Dwyane Wade. The block probably should have been a goaltend, but who cares about rules at this point?


This game has turned quickly

San Antonio trailed by double digits early. They now lead by 21.


Nope, not LeBron's fault

(That's as of halftime of Game 5).


Manu is an ageless basketball savant

Ginobili is 4 years older than Dwyane Wade, but playing like a man 10 years younger against Miami. Watch this dunk over Chris Bosh.


Diaw gets handsy with Bosh


Boris Diaw's hand movements are absolutely mesmerizing. I'm getting dizzy just watching this.


Game 5 is The Fly Game

Kawhi Leonard could kill, like, 400 flies with one swat. Take this as a warning, tiny insects reading this website.


Duncan leading the Spurs back

After two Duncan post-up scores on Udonis Haslem, the Spurs are within three in the second quarter. We imagine this would be his reaction.


Diaw, Leonard hook up for alley-oop


Need I remind you that Boris Diaw came into the league as a point guard? Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard continues to be a ruthless killing machine.


Surprised Tony Parker is our new favorite meme

This is what happens when an NBA point guard can't believe what happened.


Two unlikely players get tangled up

If this was soccer, Shane Battier and Manu Ginobili would pick up dueling yellow cards. (More accurately: one, and not the other, would get booked, causing the other team to freak out.) Instead, Battier picked up the offensive foul and both parties moved on. Those are two people you'd least expect to get in each other's faces.


LeBron throws down putback dunk, swats Parker

LeBron James refuses to go quietly into the night. James capped off an 8-0 run to start Game 5 with a putback dunk over Boris Diaw ...


... and then he followed that up with a monstrous block of Tony Parker:


LeBron: Still the best player in the world.


Allen starting for Chalmers in Game 5

With his team on the brink of elimination, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra changed his starting lineup for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, choosing to go with Ray Allen instead of Mario Chalmers.

Chalmers has struggled for most of the postseason, but he has been especially ineffective in the Finals. The point guard is averaging just 3.5 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 27.8 percent against San Antonio.

Allen has played pretty well in the Finals, averaging 11.0 points while shooting 48.5 percent overall and 42.1 percent from three. With Allen starting over Chalmers, the Heat will run without a point guard to start the game.

In other lineup news, Michael Beasley will be active for the first time all series.


Will the Heat show up to the fight?

What kind of performance will we see from Miami in Game 5? Will there be massive adjustments, or a better focus and attention to detail? There are many questions and some of them may even have answers.


Heat face elimination in San Antonio

The Spurs are one game away from capturing the NBA championship. Can the Heat extend the series in San Antonio?


Spurs aren't ready for retirement talk ... yet

When will it end for the San Antonio Spurs? It's a question that's been kicked around for almost a decade. We may know the answer soon.


Good morning, is it curtains for the Heat?

That plus more in Sunday's NBA newsletter.

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