Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth National Basketball Association title in 16 seasons with a 104-87 home victory that ended the Miami Heat’s two-year championship reign.
The Spurs overcame 31 points by LeBron James to win their third straight game in the series and wrap up the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to one.
San Antonio avenged last year’s six-game loss to Miami in the championship series and gave 38-year-old Duncan his fifth title, tying him with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers for the most among active players.
Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Patty Mills added 17, both off the bench, and the Spurs hit 12 3-pointers.
Miami scored the first eight points of the game and built an early 22-6 lead as the Spurs missed 10 of their first 11 shots. The Heat led 29-22 after the first period.
Then the Spurs took over, outscoring Miami 25-11 in the second quarter and 30-18 in the third to take a 19-point lead into the final period.
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