Fans measure dominance in different ways, but no metric is more black and white than the final box score.
With that in mind, David Joyner of LittleWhiteStatistics.com (h/t Ross Benes of Deadspin) went about seeing exactly where San Antonio’s destruction of the Miami Heat stands in the great pantheon of NBA Finals butt-whoopings.
His findings? The 2013-14 Spurs were the most dominant team in the history of the NBA Finals.
After compiling the margins of victory for every NBA championship team, Joyner found that the Spurs’ 70-point total margin of victory over the Heat was the highest ever recorded, shattering the previous record set by the Boston Celtics in 1965 (65 total points).
In other words, the Spurs didn’t just beat LeBron James and the Heat over the course of five games—they butchered them in historic fashion.
For a bit of perspective, the last team to even sniff this level of dominance were the 2008 Boston Celtics, who beat the Lakers by a margin of 50 points over six games.
While winning is winning, this graphic adds credence to the statement Chris Bosh made after losing Game 5 on Sunday night.
ESPN’s Rachel Nichols reports that Bosh called the Spurs the “best team [he] ever saw.”
Chris Bosh on these Spurs: "Best team I ever saw. Best team I ever played against."— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 16, 2014
That’s quite a change in tune for a guy who came into the contest guaranteeing a victory.
As for the Spurs, should Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili opt for retirement this offseason (please don’t), they’ll go out as the most thorough world-beaters to ever win a ring.
As the stats show, this wasn’t a revenge series against Miami. This was Gregg Popovich’s machine of death hitting on cylinders even he didn’t know existed.
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