The Clippers win 102-96. Griffin scores 26 points, 12 rebounds and Paul had 19 points, 15 assists. Belinelli scores 23 points, Diaw scores 17 points, Duncan scores 12 points, 13 rebounds and Leonard scores 12 points for the Spurs. The West First Round Series is tied at 3-3.
Coach Rivers on Game 6:
They are mentally tough. We hear all the stuff about them, but this team is mentally tough. We’ve got to do it again.
Paul on Clippers wins:
It was probably one of the most relaxed games we’ve had as far as our mentality. We just stayed the course. Tonight was one of the funnest games of the series. It seems like it’s easy to say that because we won, that definitely helps, but just the intensity of it. I think we just never got rattled.
Coach Popovich on Spurs loss:
Our execution at the offensive end was really poor. There’s no excuse for it. We should be embarrassed at the way we came out for a close out game.
The Spurs win 111-107. Duncan scores a double-double ( 21 points, 11 rebounds) Leonard scores 18 points. Griffin scores 30 points and 14 rebounds and Jordan scores 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers. San Antonio leads West First Round Series 3-2.
Jordan on Game 5 loss:
It was a dumb play. I hit the ball. We did a good job fighting to put us in a situation to go up one. You can’t blame anybody on that but me. I tipped the ball.
Ginobili on Spurs victory:
That was the play of the game. That’s why I say we got lucky. The ball was going in, and he happened to touch it. That would have put us down one. Instead, it was a completely different ballgame. We got a little lucky on the play.
I thought it was the right call. I couldn’t tell, you know, and I couldn’t see it. … I hope to God it was the right call.
The Clippers win 114-105. Paul scores 34 points, seven assists, Griffin scores 20 points and 19 rebounds. Leonard scores 26 points, Duncan scores 22 points, 10 rebounds and Parker scores 18 points for the Spurs. West First Round Series ties 2-2.
Paul on Coach Rivers:
It’s more than just shooting the ball. Our defense was better and our offensive execution (was better). I think I got more shots because of the tempo of the game that we played at. We played downhill, we set screens; we’re tough when we play like that.
Coach Popovich on Clippers loss:
We lacked a lot of discipline. We didn’t execute sharply enough in what we wanted to strategy-wise or just in general basketball play.
Yeah, (we lost our focus) a little bit at the end of the third quarter. We made a lot of fouls that we could have prevented.
The Spurs win 100-73. Leonard scores 32 points, Diaw scores 15 points and Green scores 11 points. Griffin scores a double-double (14 points and ten rebounds) and Jordan scores ten points for the Clippers. San Antonio leads West First Round Series 2-1.
Duncan on Leonard:
He continues to impress me every time he’s out there. He can put on a show like that in a situation like this. It’s not only great for us, but it’s impressive to watch.
Coach Rivers on Game 3 Loss:
We’ve had this happen a couple of times this year, we lose our spirit because we can’t make shots. I thought that’s what happened as the game went on. Every time we missed a shot, we played less and less defense.
I’m just doing whatever it takes to help the team win the game. Tony (Parker) did a good job getting off early and just created opportunities for me knocking down shots and I just got a rhythm.
Coach Popovich on Leonard:
He has really progressed by leaps and bounds on both ends of the floor. He’s turned into a fine offensive player, as well as a defensive player. He’s not a one-trick pony kind of guy. He’s something else.
Leonard wins the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He helped the Spurs finish 3rd in defensive rating, with 99.6 points allowed per 100 possessions. Leonard joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only two players to ever win both a Defensive Player of the Year award and a Finals MVP award. Leonard:
It feels great. Growing up as a kid, you’re watching these players and you want to become who they are or get the accolades that they have. It just shows that hard work pays off.
The Spurs win 111-107. Duncan scores a double-double (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Leonard scores 23 points. Griffin scores a triple-double(29 points,12 rebounds and 11 assists) and Jordan scores a double-double (20 points and 15 rebounds) for the Clippers. The West First Round Series are tied 1-1. Coach Popovich on Duncan’s performance:
He was spectacular. He continues to amaze me with the things that he is able to do. He knows he had to stay on the court and he figured out a way to do it. He continued to be aggressive, which is pretty amazing.
I was awful. I missed two or three layups, I made two or three defensive mistakes, got out of position and gave up dunks to DeAndre (Jordan).
Seeing the team play like this today was very important. Hopefully we bring the same sense of urgency, the same fire and juice, for Game 3.
The Spurs wins 95-81 over Heat. Leonard scores 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, Parker scores 16 points and plays his 1,000 the NBA game, Duncan has a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). Dragic scores 19 points, Wade scores 15 points. Coach Popovich:
We played good D.
When you see all of the names and obviously all of the history in the NBA, that’s pretty cool.
He has a way of knocking it all sideways.
The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in Game 5 in order to win the 2014 NBA title. For the Heat, James puts up 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. For the Spurs, Leonard puts up 22 points and 10 rebounds, and wins the Finals MVP award. James:
We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that’s why they’re the champions in 2014.
It makes last year OK
Leonard wins the NBA Finals MVP in a landslide vote. For the series, he averaged 17.8 points on 61% shooting. He also had the role of guarding LeBron James. Coach Popovich:
He’s a great learner and he’s super competitive, has a drive to be the best that’s really uncommon in our league. He walks the walk. I mean, he’s there early, he’s there late. He wants more. He wants me and the coaches to push him. So I just talked to him about not being in that defer sort of stage. The hell with Tony, the hell with Timmy, the hell with Manu, you play the game. You are the man.
Right now, it’s just surreal to me. I have a great group of guys behind me.
The Spurs defeat the Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and take a 3-1 series lead. Leonard puts up 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. James drops 28 points and 8 rebounds for the Heat. James:
They smashed us. Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.
Spurs coach Popovich:
I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes. Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.
The Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. Leonard leads the Spurs with 29 points and 4 rebounds. For the Heat, James drops 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Spurs have a phenomenal first half, shooting 25-33 from the field. Ginobili:
It’s not something you can plan for. There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball, and every shot went in.
Spurs coach Popovich:
I don’t think we’ll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again.