Tim Duncan smiled for the sixth time in his life yesterday, as the San Antonio Spurs completed their NBA Finals sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers with an 83-82 victory last night. Tony Parker scored 24 points and added 7 rebounds before taking home the NBA Finals MVP award. Moments after the final horn sounded, Parker’s fiance Eva Longoria rushed to the court to hug her man. Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 27 points and Duncan added 12 and 15 rebounds.
The victory gave the San Antonio Spurs their fourth championship in the last 9 years, following victories in 1999, 2003 and 2005. Additionally, they are now the fourth franchise in league history to win more than three championships along with the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls. On an individual level, Robert Horry won his seventh ring, while long-time NBA veteran Michael Finley finally won his first.
Playing in his first ever NBA Finals, it appears that LeBron James left much to be desired. James finished Game 4 with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists, but shot only 10 of 30 from the field. Over the course of the series, James averaged 22 points per game, well below expectations after his 48-point outburst against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Now that the NBA season has ended for this year, what better time than to start making a bold prediction for next year? How about: The Knicks will win the NBA Finals!