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Spurs historically dominant in 2014 Finals

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Spurs became the fifth NBA franchise to win at least five championships.
The San Antonio Spurs ended the Miami Heat’s run at a historic threepeat, and also made a little bit of a history of their own en route to a fifth title, joining the Celtics, Lakers and Bulls as the only franchises to do so in NBA history.

The Spurs became the first team since the 1988-89 Pistons to win a title the season after losing the NBA Finals in seven games.

San Antonio made their mark in emphatic fashion.

Dominant Finals
All four of the Spurs wins came by at least 15 points, outscoring the Heat by an average of 14 per game for the series.

That’s the largest points per game differential in NBA Finals history, breaking the record of +12.6 PPG by the 1964-65 Celtics in their victory over the Lakers.

The Spurs have traditionally been known for their defense, but it was their offense which was historic in the Finals. San Antonio averaged 118.5 points per 100 possessions in the 2014 NBA Finals, and had an effective field-goal percentage of 60.4 in the five-game victory. Those are both the highest marks since the advent of the 3-point line in the 1979-80 season.

Popovich and Duncan Do It Again
Gregg Popovich is the fifth coach in NBA history to win five championships. All five of them have come with Tim Duncan, with their first title coming in 1999.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 15-year span between their first and most recent titles together is the longest for a player/coach duo in NBA history. It broke the record of 10 years by Phil Jackson with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

In terms of players only, the 15-year span between first and last titles for Duncan is the second-longest in NBA history. Duncan trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 17-year streak (1971-88) on that list.

Duncan also became the second player in NBA history to win a title in three different decades, joining John Salley.

Duncan Didn’t Do It Alone
Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have now won four NBA titles together as teammates. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they’re the first set of at least three teammates to win four titles together since the Showtime Lakers did it with Magic Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis.

Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have registered 117 playoff wins as teammates, the most in NBA history by a trio.

Those three, with Popovich, will likely make another run at a title in 2014-15. Parker, Ginobili and Popovich each have contracts that expire after next season, and Duncan will be back if he picks up his $10.4M player option.

In fact, the Spurs only have four unrestricted free agents on their roster from this season: Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Matt Bonner and Damion James.

Top stats to know: Spurs 117, Thunder 89

May, 30, 2014
May 30

Soobum Im/USA TODAY SportsDuncan notched his 154th postseason double-double. Only Magic Johnson (157) has more.
The San Antonio Spurs rolled again at home to earn a chance to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 on the road. The Spurs returned home to find their shooting stroke, with or without Serge Ibaka on the floor.

Tim Duncan and the Spurs controlled the interior from the start. Duncan recorded his 98th playoff game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. The next closest active player is Dirk Nowitzki with 64.

Spurs figure out Ibaka

The Spurs bounced back with a strong shooting performance. San Antonio shot 59 percent with Serge Ibaka on the floor in Game 5 after being held to 40 percent with Ibaka on the floor in Games 3-4.

The biggest difference was Tim Duncan. Duncan scored 14 points while Ibaka was on the court in Game 5. Duncan was limited to 13 points when Ibaka played in Games 3-4.

The Spurs shot 71.4 percent in the paint Thursday, their best in a game this postseason. San Antonio shot a postseason-low 45.0 percent in the paint in Game 4.

San Antonio found success in the paint after Gregg Popovich switched Tiago Splitter out of the starting lineup ahead of Game 5. Tim Duncan and Splitter did not play a single second on the court together in Game 5 after playing 54 minutes together in Games 1-4.

Jump shots fall back at home

After shooting 52 percent on uncontested jump shots in Games 1-2, the Spurs struggled to find their stroke on the road, shooting 37 percent in Oklahoma City.

San Antonio returned home and the shots started to fall again. The Spurs made 56 percent of open jumpers in Game 5, their highest mark since Game 1.

Danny Green rediscovered his three-point stroke at home. Green has made at least four three pointers in each home game this series, but combined to make only three in San Antonio's two road losses.

This season, the Spurs are 18-0 when Green makes at least four three pointers in a game.

Thunder, Westbrook run dry in San Antonio

After Russell Westbrook scored half of his 40 points in Game 4 on drives to the basket, the Spurs limited Westbrook to seven points on four drives in Game 5. Westbrook's four drives are his fewest in a game since Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The Thunder were held to a post-season low four transition points in Game 5. Oklahoma City scored 29 points in transition in Game 4, its second-most this postseason.

Keys to victory: Spurs 114, Trail Blazers 97

May, 9, 2014
May 9

Soobum Im/USA TODAY SportsTim Duncan and Tiago Splitter carried the defense against LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2.

The Spurs held off a fourth-quarter rally to take a 2-0 series lead against the Trail Blazers. San Antonio's lead grew as high as 20 points as the Spurs shut down LaMarcus Aldridge and rode another strong bench performance to a dominant win.

Riding the pine
The Spurs' bench outscored the Trail Blazers' reserves by 31 in Game 2 as the bench made half of San Antonio's 12 three-pointers Thursday. San Antonio's bench has averaged 50 points per game this series, nearly three times as many as the Trail Blazers' reserves.

During the regular season, the Spurs led the NBA in bench scoring. The Trail Blazers averaged the fewest bench points in the league.

Splitter, Duncan lock down Aldridge
Aldridge was held in check and struggled against the Spurs' post defenders in a 6-of-23 shooting night. Aldridge was 2-of-14 with Tiago Splitter as his primary defender and 0-of-5 when guarded by Tim Duncan. Aldridge shot 54 percent (7-of-13) when defended by Splitter in Game 1.

Aldridge particularly struggled in the paint Thursday, shooting 2-of-14. His 14 percent shooting in the paint was Aldridge's second-lowest in his career (minimum 10 attempts).

Duncan, Spurs approach history
Duncan netted 10 points in Game 2 to give him 4,757 points in his playoff career, sixth-most all-time. Duncan is five points shy of passing Karl Malone for fifth on the all-time list.

Along with the scoring mark, Duncan is chasing a different record with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The Spurs' trio earned their 107th playoff win together Thursday. They are three shy of tying Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper for the most playoff wins all-time by a trio.
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1. DARVISH ROUGHED UP, BUT GETS WIN IN DEBUT: Yu Darvish allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his MLB Debut, including four in the first inning. However, he got the win as the Texas Rangers won 11-5 against the Seattle Mariners. FROM ELIAS: He was the first pitcher in more than 100 years to win his major-league debut in a start in which he allowed four or more runs in the first inning. That had last been done by Bill Steele of the 1910 St. Louis Cardinals, who surrendered five runs to the Cincinnati Reds in the opening frame of his first big-league game, but was credited with the win when St. Louis rallied for a 14-7 victory.

Barry Zito
2. ZITO THROWS FIRST SHUTOUT IN A WHILE: Barry Zito threw his first shutout since 2003 as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. FROM ELIAS: Zito ended his streak of 274 consecutive starts without a shutout, the third-longest drought in major-league history. Tim Wakefield (353 straight, from 1997 to 2011) and Kirk Rueter (299 in a row, from 1995-2005) had longer spans.

3. SPURS STREAK ENDS: The San Antonio Spurs' 11-game winning streak was snapped after a 91-84 loss to the Utah Jazz. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili didn’t play on Monday. It is the second time this season that Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili didn’t play in a loss that snapped an 11-game win streak. The first time was on February 21 in a 40-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

4. THREE TEAMS GET FIRST WIN, TWO STILL LOOKING: The Giants, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees all won Monday, leaving just two winless teams remaining in MLB. The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins both dropped to 0-4 with losses. It’s the Braves worst start since 1988 when they started 0-10. It’s the Twins worst start since 1981, also an 0-4 start.

5. KNICKS-BULLS ... THE REMATCH: The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls square off in Chicago on Tuesday. The two teams met two days ago in New York with the Knicks winning 100-99 in overtime. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points in that game and became the fifth player in the last five seasons to make a game-tying shot in the last 15 seconds in regulation, then make the game-winning shot in the last 15 seconds in OT.