The San Antonio Spurs are now one win away from claiming their fifth title in franchise history.
Looking like a team on a mission, the Spurs soundly defeated the Miami Heat in game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, 107-86. It is the second consecutive blowout in the series, as the Spurs obliterated the Heat in similar fashion in game 3. With the game 4 victory, the Spurs can clinch the 2014 championship on Sunday in game 5.
Kawhi Leonard was once again sensational for the Spurs, as he finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. He also continued to make life difficult for LeBron James, who finished with a respectable 28 points. But for the most part, LeBron was the only player to show up for the Heat.
No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. With the way that the Spurs are playing, it doesn’t look like the Heat will be the first team to make history by climbing out of that hole. You can never count out the defending champs led by the best player in the world, but the Spurs look hungry to avenge last year’s loss.
Last season, the Spurs were 28 seconds away from winning the 2013 title before a series of unfortunate events occurred in favor of the Heat. Now, the Spurs are 48 minutes away from another chance to secure the Larry O’Brien trophy; this time, on their homecourt.
If the Spurs manage to close out the series on Sunday, it will be the fifth ring for both Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. It will be the fourth ring for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
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