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2014 NBA Finals: Spurs come back huge to thrash Heat 104-87 for championship

The San Antonio Spurs needed a big come back, but downed the Heat.
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The Miami Heat were in desperation mode on the evening of Sunday, June 15, 2014, as they were down 3-1 to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. It was a must-win game after losing two in a row at home and heading back to San Antonio, and things started out great, but quickly went sour.

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are once again NBA champions as they simply demolished LeBron James and the Miami Heat 104-87.

When the game began, it didn't look as if the Heat were going home on this night as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead before two free throws from Duncan. From there, it was 13-2 Heat before the Spurs Kawhi Leonard made their first field goal.

The bleeding hadn't stopped though and it was 22-6 before long and the Heat were rolling. That though, is when things took a turn and Manu Ginobli and the Spurs took over.

By the time the first quarter ended, San Antonio got gotten the Heat's lead down to seven at 29-22.

The second quarter wasn't much different as the teams traded baskets, but then it was the Spurs turn to make a run. Leading 35-28, the Heat were looking a bit comfortable again, but then went almost a full five minutes without a point.

During that span, the Spurs went on a 14-0 run to lead 42-35. Ginobli was on fire with free throws, three pointers, and even a monster dunk right down the middle of the lane over three Heat players.

By halftime, the Spurs led 47-40 and the fans had a game on their hands. By the end of the third quarter, the game had gotten considerably out of hand when the Spurs outscored the Heat 30-18 to lead 77-58 after three.

The fourth quarter consisted of more unlikely heroes for the Spurs in Leonard and Patty Mills who were just opening up the floor even more. The Heat had no idea who to guard because every single San Antonio player was dangerous.

LeBron James was the only player to score over 13 points (31) for the Heat and he was taken out of the game with about six minutes left. No-one else could give much help after the quick opening, and the Spurs just out-played them the rest of the way.

All four victories by the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals came by 15 or more, and that is just unheard of against a Heat team that had played so well all year.

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