Heat vs. Spurs: Analyzing Most Telling Statistics from 2014 NBA Finals Game 5

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Heat vs. Spurs: Analyzing Most Telling Statistics from 2014 NBA Finals Game 5
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The San Antonio Spurs put on yet another stellar team showing against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals.

Solid contributions from starters and bench players earned the Spurs a 104-87 victory and NBA title.

So, what went right for the Spurs? Or, conversely, what went wrong for the Heat?

With the NBA Finals officially in the books, and San Antonio bracing for quite a celebration, let's take a look at some of the most telling statistics from the Spurs' final victory over Miami.

 

The LeBron James-Michael Jordan Debate

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We all know LeBron James is one of the most talented players currently residing in the NBA.

James put his team on his back in Game 5, producing a game-high 31 points, but the lack of a supporting cast doomed the Heat.

Now the talk of comparisons between James and NBA legend Michael Jordan is sure to heat up again after this statistic from SportsCenter was revealed:

Is James' winning percentage in the Finals due to his supporting cast, or was Jordan just that much better?

LeBron still has plenty of time left in his career, and there's no way of answering that question any time soon. However, the debate will rage on.

 

Young MVP

The surging Kawhi Leonard was named the 2014 NBA Finals MVP after his brilliant performances over the series.

Leonard averaged 17.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game during the final series, capping it off with a team-high 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 5.

At just 22 years of age, Leonard became the youngest Finals MVP since his teammate Tim Duncan back in 1999, according to a tweet from For the Win:

Leonard was completely deserving of MVP honors, and his future looks incredibly bright.

 

Big-Time Wins

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San Antonio dominated the Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. However, looking back over the team's four wins in the series, that dominance was actually a trend.

The Spurs got off to a hot start in Game 1, defeating the Heat 110-95. After the Heat took Game 2, San Antonio got right back on track, winning Game 3 by a score of 111-92 and Game 4 107-86 before Sunday's 104-87 Game 5 victory.

After doing the math, SportsCenter tweeted an interesting statistic from those four wins:

That's dominant basketball.

In fact, over those four wins, the Spurs outscored the Heat 432-360. That's a difference of a whopping 72 points.

Going one step further, subtracting the two points from the Heat's Game 2 win gives this series a 70-point differential. According to Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk, that's a new record by quite a good margin.

 

Age Defying

Sunday's NBA Finals win marked the fifth time Duncan has achieved the title with the Spurs.

Throughout his storied career, he's become an NBA champion in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and now in 2014.

There's one very interesting statistic involving those wins, and ESPN Stats & Info shared it on Twitter:

While the Heat couldn't win their third title over three years—which would have been quite an impressive feat—Duncan recorded his fifth title—over three decades.

Here's a great look at Duncan's accomplishments over his NBA career, courtesy of CNN's Rachel Nichols:

Duncan still has plenty left in the tank, and he could certainly add to his trophy room before his career comes to a close.

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