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June 16, 2014

Spurs beat Heat 104-87 in Game 5 to win NBA title

SAN ANTONIO — From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league.

The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.

The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.

A year after their heartbreaking seven-game defeat, their only loss in six finals appearances, the Spurs won four routs to deny Miami's quest for a third straight championship.

"Hard to believe, isn't it?" Manu Ginobili said. "We played at a really high level."

Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, '05 and '07. They nearly had another last year, but couldn't hold off the Heat and lost the final two games.

San Antonio rebounded from an early 16-point deficit by outscoring the Heat 37-13 from the start of the second quarter to midway in the third, kicking off the celebration the Heat canceled last season.

"We remember what happened last year and how it felt in that locker room, and we used it and built on it and got back here, and it's amazing," Tim Duncan said. "It makes last year OK."

LeBron James had 17 first-quarter points to help the Heat get off to a fast start. He finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which lost its spot atop the NBA to the team that had it so long.

"They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games, and they are the better team. There's no other way to say it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

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