With the San Antonio Spurs' dismantling of the Miami Heat now a few days in the past, it's time to take stock of the dominance of San Antonio's playoff run. Arguably most impressive of the many records set, the Spurs outscored their playoff opponents by an incredible 214 points, setting a new standard for the best plus/minus in NBA playoffs history, per NBA.com/stats.
They were able to accomplish that astonishing margin, despite getting off to a relatively slow start in postseason play. Drawing perhaps the worst matchup a No. 1 seed has ever received, San Antonio had to play the rival Dallas Mavericks, a team with no shortage of playoff experience and a 49-33 record. The mark would have been good for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Mavs almost certainly would have topped 50 wins had they played an Eastern Conference schedule.
After playing to a 3-3 draw through the first six games of the series, the Spurs put the rest of the league on notice with a 119-96 beatdown in Game 7 that was even worse than the score indicated. Next up were the up-and-coming Portland Trail Blazers, who had every reason to be scared and would soon be dismantled in five games. Four of those losses came by margins of 24, 17, 15 and 22 points.
The Oklahoma City Thunder at least put up a fight in the conference finals. Yet, they still came up short in six games, while being outscored by 63 points (10.5 per game).
Finally, the Spurs faced what was their stiffest test on paper in an NBA Finals rematch against the Heat. Miami failed to live up to the hype and was outscored by 70 points (14 per game) in a series that lasted just five games.
During the series, San Antonio became the first team in the shot-clock era to shoot at least 55 percent from the field in three separate games of a single NBA Finals, per NBA.com/stats.
Not only that, but the Spurs set a record for best field-goal percentage (75.8) in one half of a Finals game, while also accounting for the two best shooting quarters—87.5 percent and 86.7 percent—in Finals history.
Other teams have made it through a championship run with fewer losses, and plenty have played more efficiently on defense, but the Spurs' lethal offensive attack is seemingly unparalleled in NBA Playoffs history.
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