One year after suffering one of the most gut-wrenching losses in NBA Finals history, the San Antonio Spurs officially exorcised the “Ghost of Game 6,” throttling the Miami Heat 104-87 to secure the franchise’s fifth title in 16 seasons.
For the Spurs, the win guarantees their place as one of the league’s most consistent and unique championship dynasties—a time-tested testament to the selflessness and teamwork that define basketball’s better nature.
Miami, meanwhile, must suffer through another summer of dire drama and doubts about the future of the franchise’s Superstar trio. In a Hell that hot, winter can’t come quickly enough.
As the dust settles on San Antonio’s legacy-sealing saga, a slew of players will find their fortunes forever altered by what transpired these past 10 days.
Today we’ll look at 10 winners and losers from this year’s Finals—five for whom the future bodes beautiful, and five who will be left picking up the pieces of defeat.