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San Antonio Spurs – A win for beautiful basketball

As unlikely as it may have seemed given their aging roster, the San Antonio Spurs are NBA Champions for 2013-2014.

The Spurs were able to take revenge on last year’s conquerors, the Miami Heat, winning game 5 and taking the Finals series 4-1.

The win will go down through the ages as one where beautiful basketball and team ethos triumphed over individual greatness collectively harnessed.  Not that the Spurs don’t have great individual players; they do, but the Heat are the team known best for it’s ‘big 3’ of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Patty Mills
Patty Mills with a huge game 5 (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

To be honest it’s always been more of a ‘big 1 + 2’, and that was never more evident than in game 5.  Despite the struggles of Wade and Bosh LeBron was brilliant with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, yet the Spurs essentially had the game wrapped up with 5 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter when they took a 21 point lead on the back of an avalanche of 3 pointers from Australian Patty Mills and Argentinian Manu Ginobli, and a signature block on Wade from Brazilian center Tiago Splitter.

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