El Conclusion: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 100


San Antonio Spurs 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Miami Heat
Tim Duncan, PF 44 MIN | 13-21 FG | 4-5 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +16

It’s hard to ask much more than what the Spurs got from Duncan in this one, although only five of his 30 points came in the second half and overtime. That’s the only disappointment with Duncan’s performance.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 46 MIN | 9-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +11

Kawhi Leonard played a hell of a game. Considering he has so much room to grow in his game, it’s incredible to watch what he’s doing in the NBA Finals at 21 years old.

Tony Parker, PG 43 MIN | 6-23 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +8

Parker played a decent, if inefficient, game in Game 6, but was clearly gassed down the stretch. So much so that the Spurs went with a lot of defense for offense substitutions and TP settled for a lot of long 2s down the stretch. No turnovers either.

Manu Ginobili, SG 35 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 9 PTS | -21

When Manu Ginobili has almost as many turnovers as points, that’s not a good thing.

Danny Green, SG 41 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Heat clearly made an effort to shut down Green’s open looks in Game 6. The result was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range and a quiet night from IcyHot. Probably a good bet his chances at a Finals MVP went away with this one.

Boris Diaw, C 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +1

Boris continues to play well in the stretches he’s in the game. His passing is excellent if overabundant and he made several hustle plays for the Spurs, especially in the first half.

Tiago Splitter, C 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -13

Not a lot from Tiago, but the back-to-back buckets he scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter were rather important. Duncan was resting and the Heat had just cut the Spurs’ lead to single digits. Splitter somehow got a couple to go and kept some cushion for San Antonio.

Gary Neal, PG 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -5

Like Green, Neal didn’t have a lot going for him offensively. Unlike Green, Neal can’t make up for it on the defensive end.

Gregg Popovich

I’m sure his decision not to call a timeout late in the overtime period when the Spurs got the ball and Tony Parker was on the bench will be debated for hours on end tonight, tomorrow and in the hours leading up to Game 7. Generally, I’m in favor of getting the ball and going.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Spurs will regret the free throws they missed late in this game. Ginobili, Leonard and Parker all missed freebies late in the fourth quarter and overtime that could’ve put this one to bed.
  2. We get a Game 7. This is what it’s all about. Be excited.
  • clennon

    Good grief. Nobody hits 100% of their free throws. Kawhi was fantastic.

  • bob mcgraw

    im not blaming the refs but some of the calls at the end of the game went miamis way almost like they wanted miami to win. like that one play where james stumbled and fell right into duncan they gave duncan the foul really it should of been a offensive foul lebron was out of control. lastly was the manu foul he was obviously fouled probably multiple times on that last drive. i mean allen and wade were just slapping at him the whole time. makes me sick to watch. im not saying this sealed the game but it didnt help either. missed free throws and rebounding hurt to. parker has to stop taking so many jump shots drive and at least get the foul. terrible game to watch for a spurs fan.

  • TheFG21

    Yes there was a contact, but at that situation I wouldnt call a foul either if it wasnt pretty obvious. If the play had been in the 1st qter, sure it would have been called.

    Manu’s foul in the other hand… he was sodomized.

  • NYC

    Exactly. But the thing about smart people is they learn from their mistakes and are better for it.

  • NYC

    Hey, I hear World War Z is coming out this week. Been looking forward to that for some time now.

  • Joe

    You seriously think this team hasn’t gone through enough adversity yet? This season has been 6 years in the making. You’re glad we didn’t win? What kind of moronic attitude is that? I see no reason why, if we had sunk one more free throw or gotten one last rebound, there would be an asterisk next to a Spurs 2013 championship. Everyone travels in the NBA, and contrary to what most people might think, the refs are not to blame for the Spurs collapse last night. If they had won, I see no reason anyone can use to say we didn’t deserve that trophy. We didn’t deserve to win because Miami exploited our weak-rebounding lineup, not because of one call a referee made. What about the final Manu drive when he was clearly fouled? Or even the Bosh on Green bulldozing at the end?

  • JacksonHts

    Se dice “La Conclusion,” no “El Conclusion.”

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