NBA FINALS: Spurs beat Heat; Win 5th Title under Popovich
Tom Reitz @Treitz550
San Antonio, TX (WGR-550) - The San Antonio Spurs rebounded from a dismal start in Game 5 to take a 47-40 lead at halftime, and they began the third quarter on an 18-4 run en route to their 5th NBA Title.
It was redemption for San Antonio, who fell to Miami in seven games in last season's NBA Finals.
"It's hard to explain," Spurs Guard Manu Ginobili said after the win. "We had it last year and we let it go, we couldn't let it go this time. It tastes so good and I'm so proud of this team."
After a 22 point, 10 rebound performance in the Game 5 win, Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard was voted the Finals' Most Valuable Player.
"I would have said you were lying if you told me I'd be the NBA Finals MVP before this season started," Leonard said. "People say I have the talent, my teammates pushed me, Coach (Gregg Popovich) pushed me, the fans pushed me."
Leonard is the youngest Finals MVP since 1999 when teammate Tim Duncan won the award.
For Miami, LeBron James had 31 points and 10 rebounds as Miami's two-year title reign ended.