Spurs close in on NBA crown

Parker Spurs 16805911The San Antonio Spurs moved closer to the NBA Championship title after a second successive win over the Miami Heat in Florida (San Antonio Spurs 1/25, Miami Heat 11/1 – NBA Championship Outright).

The Spurs now lead the best of seven series 3-1 ahead of Game 5, which will take place in Texas, after Thursday’s 107-86 win over the two-time defending champions.

Kawhi Leonard led the way for the visitors with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Tony Parker managed 19 points as San Antonio, who were beaten 4-3 by the Heat in the 2013 Finals, dominated throughout despite LeBron James’ 28-point haul for the hosts.

The Spurs won Game 1 but the Heat managed to level the series in Game 2 before the series moved to Miami.

Miami won the only regular season game between the two sides at the American Airlines Arena, with the Spurs coming out on top at the AT&T Center, and veteran forward Tim Duncan has revealed his delight after San Antonio managed two wins in Miami.

“We thought we could win here. We hoped to win two, obviously, but we were happy to win one,” said Duncan. “Then came the second game and we didn’t want to rest.

“We came in here tonight and had great focus, put a great game together and came out with two.”

Game 5 takes place on Sunday and victory would see the Spurs land the championship, but star man Parker insists his side are taking nothing for granted ahead of the clash at the AT&T Center.

“They’re the two-time champs,” he said.

San Antonio are 10/11 to secure the win in the point spread (-5.5) on Sunday, while the Heat (+5.5) can be backed at 10/11.


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