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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Kawhi Leonard Named Finals MVP

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP as the Spurs captured their fifth title in franchise history by defeating the Heat 104-87 at the AT&T Center. The 22-year-old small forward was quiet in Games 1 and 2, but he took over the rest of the way, keying three straight Spurs victories to clinch the Finals series in five games.

After pouring in 29 points in Game 3 and 20 points in Game 4, Leonard was masterful again on Sunday, hitting a big momentum three-pointer with a little less than five minutes remaining in the second quarter to give San Antonio its first lead of the game. He would finish with a team-high 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Game 5 on Sunday. Leonard, a 2014 All-Defensive Second Team selection, also played superb defense on four-time NBA MVP LeBron James throughout the series.

The Spurs, led by Duncan and coached by Gregg Popovich, previously won titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. Duncan was named Finals MVP in 1999, 2003, and 2005, while Tony Parker took home the honors in 2007.