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Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- The Spurs are not thinking about repeating as NBA champions this year.  

After beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, head coach Gregg Popovich is stressing to his team that this is the start of a new season and nothing else matters.

"Just to be clear, we've never had any goals whatsoever in the sense of winning 'X' number of games or this year is our year to win a championship," Popovich said Friday at the team's media day.

"All we've said is that we want to be the best team we can be at playoff time and that starts with the very first practice and it's a building block sort of thing."

Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season, understands his head coaches philosophy.

"I'm sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, that's the way he works," Duncan said. "We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if [Popovich] will start us off down that road or we'll just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us."

Popovich is looking forward to seeing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard develop even more this year.

"He's made huge strides every year, but I'm probably going to talk to him more about consistency," Popovich said. "He's reached a certain level. If you look at those last three games he played, they were pretty special, but to be in that top echelon of players in our league, it's a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. ... In his case, he's very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court."

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Spurs Stomp Heat, Take 3-1 Finals Lead

Spurs Stomp Heat, Take 3-1 Finals Lead

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds while playing tremendous defense against LeBron James to help San Antonio dominate the Heat in a 107-86 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs now take a 3-1 lead in the series and are one win away from a world championship.

"I'm pleased that they performed as well as they did while we've been in Miami, and that's about as far as it goes," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "Now we've got to go back home and play as well or better."

For the second straight game, San Antonio dominated, leading by as many as 24 points in the third quarter. The Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the floor as a team, including 9-for-21 from three-point distance. Miami, who had not lost at home this postseason prior to Game 3 on Tuesday, shot just 45 percent in the loss.

Despite 28 points from LeBron James, 19 of which came in the third quarter, the Heat were unable to find an answer defensively. Now they must do what no team has ever done, win an NBA Finals after trailing 3 games to 1. 

Tim Duncan surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most career playoff minutes (8,869) as well as Magic Johnson's all-time record for double-doubles in the postseason (158). Duncan has helped bring San Antonio all four world titles in franchise history, the most recent of which in 2007. He can add a fifth to his resume on Sunday when the team returns to San Antonio.

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James Scores 35, Heat Tie Series

James Scores 35, Heat Tie Series

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) -- After two days of taking criticism for missing the final four minutes of a Game 1 loss, LeBron James scored 35 points and added 10 rebounds as Miami defeated San Antonio 98-96 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Heat have won 13 straight postseason games after a loss, evening the series at one game apiece.

"What happened on Thursday was Thursday," said James after the win. "My whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays."

One play he made was an assist to Chris Bosh for a go-ahead three at the 1:18 mark of the fourth quarter. That gave Miami a 95-93 advantage that they would not relinquish. A Dwayne Wade layup on a broken play upped the lead to five with nine seconds remaining to seal the deal.

The back-and-forth affair saw San Antonio lead by as many as eight points, and hold a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. While nursing an 87-85 advantage, both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker missed a pair of free throws midway through the frame. James followed with a three-pointer to take the lead and regain momentum.

Duncan finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs while Parker had a team high 21 points. Four different players for the Heat scored in double-figures. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Miami.

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LeBron: We’ll Be Ready For Spurs

LeBron: We’ll Be Ready For Spurs

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- LeBron James isn't fazed by Spurs center Tim Duncan's comments after they beat the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Following the win that clinched a trip for a Finals rematch with the Heat, Duncan said: "We're excited about it. We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time."

James and the Heat had an extended practice on Monday as they prepare for their fourth trip to the Finals.

"They don't like us, they don't. I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple of days," James said. "They wanted this, they wanted us and we'll be ready for the challenge."

James is looking for his third NBA title and Dwyane Wade is seeking his fourth.

"They've been preparing for this moment [and] we have as well," James said. "No one is entitled. This is no one's championship. It isn't ours, it isn't theirs, it's two teams fighting for it."

Game 1 is on Thursday in San Antonio.  The Heat beat the Spurs in the NBA Finals in seven games last year.

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Spurs Win West, Earn Rematch with Miami

Spurs Win West, Earn Rematch with Miami

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- Tim Duncan scored seven of his 19 points in overtime as San Antonio outlasted Oklahoma City, 112-107 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. With the win, the Spurs advance to their second straight NBA Finals where they will face the Miami Heat. 

After five blowout games, three in favor of San Antonio, the Spurs and Thunder played their most hotly contested game of the series. Duncan also had 15 rebounds as San Antonio had to play the entire second half without point guard Tony Parker, who left with an ankle injury.

"We didn't know how much Tony was hurt in his ankle," said Boris Diaw, who led the Spurs with 26 points off the bench. "But we didn't want to go to Game 7, and we didn't know if he would be ready to play if we did or if he would be 100 percent, so we tried to get it over with tonight."

San Antonio trailed by seven at halftime but opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie things at 51-51. The Spurs scored 37 points in the third quarter and entered the final frame with a 79-69 lead. Oklahoma City, led by league MVP Kevin Durant, battled back to take a 99-97 lead with 32 seconds left in regulation. 

Manu Ginobli drilled a three from the top of the arc to put the Spurs ahead by one, but missed a free throw that would have given San Antonio a four-point advantage. That opened the door for Russell Westbrook who was fouled on a drive to the basket, hit both free throws, and forced overtime.

Duncan scored all seven of his overtime points in a row, leading San Antonio from a 103-105 deficit to a 110-107 lead. The Spurs will face Miami in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals that the Heat won in seven games. Game 1 of the 2014 Championship round is Thursday night in Texas.

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Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Spurs Crush Thunder 112-77 in Game Two

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) --  Danny Green scored 21 points on seven made three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Most importantly, the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. 

"We just did our job. We won our first two games at home and I'm sure they're going to go back and say we have to do our job and win two games at home," Parker said.

The Spurs closed the first half on a 25-8 run to take a 58-44 lead into the break. Parker and Green each scored eight points in the third quarter as the San Antonio outscored the Thunder 33-18.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 15 points for the Thunder, but the All-Star duo shot just 13-for-40 from the field. 

"It definitely doesn't feel good and it shouldn't," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "I hope our locker doesn't feel good. You shouldn't feel good. We got our butts kicked. But we have a good opportunity to come back and win Game 3."

Game 3 is set for Sunday in Oklahoma City.

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Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Spurs Rout Thunder to Open Western Conference Finals

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Tim Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Spurs dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

Tony Parker didn't appear to be limited by the hamstring injury that sidelined him for parts of their series against the Portland Trail Blazers.  He scored 14 points and dished out 12 assists in 36 minutes.

"We always want to try to penetrate," Parker said. "We always want our ball movement, that's how we play -- kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it's a little bit better with [Serge Ibaka] not being in the paint, but we're still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen."

San Antonio scored 66 points in the paint and shot 58 percent from the field. It was easy work inside for the Spurs, as Oklahoma City was without defensive stalwart Ibaka, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a calf injury.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points for the Thunder, but the rest of their starting unit struggled for most of the game.

"We're a no-excuse team," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "Serge is out. He's not coming back. We have to play better. We have to play better. If we expect to beat one of the best teams in basketball, and a very good offensive team, we have to play and we're not going to make an excuse."

Game two will be played on Wednesday night in San Antonio.

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Spurs Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over Blazers

Spurs Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead Over BlazersSteve Dykes/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points and dished out six assists to help the San Antonio Spurs punish the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 Saturday, and take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal. P...

Carter’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Mavericks to Victory

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Spurs Get Past Mavericks in Game 1, 90-85

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Spurs Extend Record Streak to 19 Games

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Streaking Spurs Send 76ers to 25th Straight Loss

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Heat Top Spurs, 113-101

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Durant Continues His Scoring Binge, Thunder Strike Down Spurs

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Spurs Clip L.A. Clippers, 116-92 Behind Splitter’s 22 Points

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Duncan Scores 22 Points As San Antonio Stops Utah, 100-84

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Miami Heat Win NBA Title

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Heat Edge Spurs in Overtime to Force Game 7

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Spurs Romp Heat 113-77 for 2-1 Series Lead

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Heat Even NBA Finals with 103-84 Rout of Spurs

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