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An NBA Finals trouncing unlike any other

Jun 15, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

Few are shocked the Spurs beat the Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.

But not many expected this.

Blowout after blowout after blowout, the Spurs cruised to a 4-1 series win. Despite dropping Game 2 by two points, San Antonio won by 15, 19, 21 and 17 points.

By outscoring Miami by 70 points in the series, the Spurs set a record for point advantage in an NBA Finals. That +70 supplants five Celtics teams from the top of the leaderboard.

Here’s every NBA champion with their net points (click to enlarge): image

Finals Net points
2014: SAS d. MIA, 4-1 70
1965: BOS d. LAL, 4-1 63
1961: BOS d. STL, 4-1 62
1981: BOS d. HOU, 4-2 59
1960: BOS d. STL, 4-3 55
2008: BOS d. LAL, 4-2 50
1991: CHI d. LAL, 4-1 49
1971: MIL d. BAL, 4-0 49
2009: LAL d. ORL, 4-1 47
1998: CHI d. UTA, 4-2 47
2004: DET d. LAL, 4-1 45
1992: CHI d. POR, 4-2 44
1978: WSB d. SEA, 4-3 44
1959: BOS d. MNL, 4-0 41
1983: PHI d. LAL, 4-0 40
1967: PHI d. SFW, 4-2 40
1977: POR d. PHI, 4-2 38
1949: MNL d. WSC, 4-2 38
2002: LAL d. NJN, 4-0 37
1986: BOS d. HOU, 4-2 37
1951: ROC d. NYK, 4-3 37
1957: BOS d. STL, 4-3 36
2003: SAS d. NJN, 4-2 35
2001: LAL d. PHI, 4-1 34
1974: BOS d. MIL, 4-3 33
1980: LAL d. PHI, 4-2 32
1962: BOS d. LAL, 4-3 29
1947: PHW d. CHS, 4-1 29
1995: HOU d. ORL, 4-0 28
1954: MNL d. SYR, 4-3 28
1989: DET d. LAL, 4-0 27
1976: BOS d. PHO, 4-2 26
1950: MNL d. SYR, 4-2 26
1999: SAS d. NYK, 4-1 25
1990: DET d. POR, 4-1 25
1987: LAL d. BOS, 4-2 25
1966: BOS d. LAL, 4-3 25
2010: LAL d. BOS, 4-3 24
2007: SAS d. CLE, 4-0 24
1979: SEA d. WSB, 4-1 24
1996: CHI d. SEA, 4-2 23
1972: LAL d. NYK, 4-1 22
1952: MNL d. NYK, 4-3 22
2012: MIA d. OKC, 4-1 20
1964: BOS d. SFW, 4-1 20
1956: PHW d. FTW, 4-1 20
1973: NYK d. LAL, 4-1 19
1953: MNL d. NYK, 4-1 18
1985: LAL d. BOS, 4-2 16
1975: GSW d. WSB, 4-0 16
2011: DAL d. MIA, 4-2 14
1968: BOS d. LAL, 4-2 9
2006: MIA d. DAL, 4-2 6
1970: NYK d. LAL, 4-3 6
1997: CHI d. UTA, 4-2 4
1948: BLB d. PHW, 4-2 3
1993: CHI d. PHO, 4-2 0
1982: LAL d. PHI, 4-2 -1
1969: BOS d. LAL, 4-3 -3
1955: SYR d. FTW, 4-3 -4
2013: MIA d. SAS, 4-3 -5
1994: HOU d. NYK, 4-3 -5
2000: LAL d. IND, 4-2 -11
1963: BOS d. LAL, 4-2 -11
2005: SAS d. DET, 4-3 -13
1984: BOS d. LAL, 4-3 -16
1988: LAL d. DET, 4-3 -18
1958: STL d. BOS, 4-2 -27
  1. kash71 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    This was a once in a lifetime clinic put on by the Spurs.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      There is no doubt they are the best team in the NBA in 2013-14, well coached, great effort, tough on both offense and defense. They are so talented from top to bottom.

  2. antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    The Heat took their style of play as far as they could take it. The fact that they managed to make it to 4 finals without any rebounding or shot blocking is kind of absurd – but they need to address that now.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      No, it shows how absurdly bad the East is. San Antonio gets tested so much more often than Miami it’s not even funny. Miami’s first tough game came in game 1 of the Finals. They need to eliminate conferences for playoffs and just put the 16 best teams in and seed 1-16. Miami would have much more resistance and more challenges to getting to the Finals.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Can’t be that bad – they beat the best the West had to offer in 2 of the last 4 years.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Barely one year, and yes they beat OKC pretty good. But overall it’s a very weak conference compared to the West, and it’s allowed Miami to build an incomplete roster that’s good enough to beat the East but can’t compete with the West on the whole. Miami has a lot of issues to solve this offseason if they wanna win more rings and not just make more Finals.

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        LeBron’s 2007 Cavs didn’t even lose this badly to the Spurs.

        Theoretical question:

        Replace 2007 Lebron with 2014 Lebron on that Cavs team.

        Who would win a best of 7? 2007 Cavs or 2014 Heat?

        The sad state of the Heat is that you would have to at least THINK a second about that before answering.

        What’s clear is Lebron is awesome, the rest of the Heat are a steaming pile of garbage.

        Time to move to a more talented team, LeBron.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      U mad huh

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Heh. Kind of mad at Wade and Bosh – but not really. They’re my bros.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        People say that you’re delusional.

        Until now, I’ve not though that.

        But, for you to say that Wade and Bosh are your bros…

        Well, considering that if you walked right by them, they wouldn’t even know who you are.

        Just HOW does that make them your bros?

        You hang out with bros, get a few beers with your bros, go fishing with your bros, play some pickup basketball with your bros etc…

        WHAT have you ever done with Wade and Bosh for them to be your “bros”?

        Sad thing is, I now think you are delusional because you REALLY think they ARE your bros…

    • kb2408 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      No…what’s absurd is the fact that the East is so putrid the Heat made it to 4 straight Finals.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        You said Brooklyn and the Pacers were certainly better than Miami and would defeat them. So you must be totally surprised that Miami was able to make it to 4 straight. It is very impressive.

      • kinggw - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:54 PM

        The putrid East which 2 out of the last 4 years featured the team with the league’s best record. What’s absurd is Lakers, Bulls, and Knicks fans acting like they won tonight. Whatever you want to say about the Heat, they’re in a far better place than the aforementioned teams going forward. Enjoy the lottery next season.

      • campcouch - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        No different than LAL going from 08-10 or SA appearing back to back. And no I’m not a heat fan,it just shows that both conferences have teams that dominate them from time to time.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Well, at least anti’s prediction of a gentleman’s sweep came true

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Indeed. My prescience is renowned. I was right about the game 3 blowout and the gentleman’s sweep.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        game 3 blowout?

        you were talking about how the Spurs had played lousy on the road up to that point in the playoffs and up to that point, the Heat hadn’t lost at home in the playoffs.

        you didn’t give the Spurs a chance in game 3, at least from what I read…

        Oh, I responded to one of your rants, nicely too about your reasoning for saying the Heat would win because they were undefeated at home in the playoffs up to that point.

        I told you they were because up to that point in time they had played weak Eastern conf teams in the playoffs.

        I told you that the Spurs had lost some on the road in this years playoffs and that was because they were playing difficult Western conference teams…

        BUT, no one could read it because my comment was not able to be seen by others… for some reason.

  3. void96eater - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Wow

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Durant did better against the Spurs. He was MVP for a good reason.

  5. cantonbound13 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Hahaha!! The Heat had fans watching in the AA arena & most left early !!!HAHAHA !!! Priceless!!!

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I have inside information that Kevin Durant just called up Kawhi Leonard and told him he’s the real MVP

  7. sumkat - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I honestly didn’t realize the Celtics beat up the Lakers that bad in 08

    • bucrightoff - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Kind of inflated by winning game 6 by 39. What a fun game to watch that was.

      • kb2408 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        That was a terrible game to watch! But I give it to them, that Celtics team was very, very good. It’s a shame they didn’t bring them all back. Losing Tony Allen was big.
        My LAKERS returned the favor in 2010 in one of my most satisfying titles.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        yes, KB…that was the most satisfying for me as well. (2010)

    • spursareold - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      The curse of the Spurs. From 2002 until now, any WC team that eliminates SA never rings.

  8. ourempirestrikesback - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    After this absolute thrashing I can’t see LBJ coming back to the Heat. Wade is done, Bosh is a glorified 2 guard and everybody else is either too old (Allen) or not good at basketball (lol Chalmers). The Spurs aren’t going anywhere and honestly the Thunder and Clippers would have probably beaten this Heat team as well. LBJ doesn’t even stand a chance against the best of the West with the sinking Miami ship.

    • spursareold - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Yup. This team is as old and malformed as Cleveland was in 2010.

  9. campcouch - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Now the offseason speculation begins!

  10. jacobk621 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Lebron ,, “follow my lead” ,,, Bwahwahwahwah !!!!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      I’d like to, but I can’t follow him to the bank to withdraw a million or so for walking around money…

  11. 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    More proof that LeBron James makes any coach look good. Mike Brown=Erik Spolestra. Heat maximized the “Big 3″ just before they got old and washed up.

    Pop coaches circles around poor Spo.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      *coached

      • money2long - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        Both work

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I don’t know why it’s so hard for sports fans to be objective but let me try.

    I love LeBron James and have rooted for him every year over the last seven years. He’s an incredible athlete who has improved every season of his career, who has become a great leader, and who is extremely clutch and will go down as an all time great. I’m hurt right now but DAYUM were the Spurs incredible. This is their greatest championship to date. Not only because of the score of the games but because they finally beat a great team that was proven to be full of championship talent. I am in love with the way the Spurs play. I wish the Heat or Thunder played that way, but sadly there aren’t enough Popovichs to go around. This team is so selfless that they make me ashamed to ever think of myself when I’m working with a group of people. We should all learn something from them.

    So that’s my objective take. I may not have been rooting for the Spurs but they were clearly the best team in the league. I don’t need to talk crap about anybody in these Finals because they all proved to be great this year. If the rest of you feel the need to talk crap why don’t you talk about Lance Stephenson or some other knucklehead. LeBron will only continue to prove you wrong.

    • fm31970 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      They really showed how a team can win together a the NBA level. Sounds cheesy, but this was a well thought out, deep roster, with everyone being a great fit.

      It was nice to see a them beat the top-heavy, shallow (roster-wise) Heat, so maybe Riley’s team building model isn’t as great as advertised. Back-to-back NBA Championships is nothing to scoff at, but it’s a far cry from “Not one, not two, not three….”

      Should be a fun summer for NBA fans.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Agree. This is a championship for everybody who believes in ‘we’ over ‘I’. I admit I tend to root for individuals but at the same time I wish teams like the Heat & Thunder would play more like the Spurs. As for your comment about Riley: I think he has a plan for the next few years already. I expect the Heat will look very different next year somehow. I also think LeBron trusts him to make smart decisions… unlike when he was at Cleveland and they made bad trade after bad trade. But you never know.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      11-16 career record in the Finals. Not very clutch, sorry. MJ 24-10.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        So let me guess… you think MJ would have beaten the Spurs if he took LeBron’s place on the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers? MJ never dragged Dwight Gooden and Donyell Marshall to a finals. STFU.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        It’s obvious you just started watching the NBA 4 years ago and you’re just a bandwagon jumper/LeBron groupie. Dwight Gooden? First of all Dwight Gooden never played in the NBA. Secondly, MJ lead teams with an old Bill Cartwright, Luc Longly, Will Perdue, BJ Armstrong as starters to Championships. Not just championship appearances. He also lead a team to a 72 win season!!!!
        Who did LeBron have to beat to get to the Finals? An old Piston team on their last legs, a Nets team that was as shot as Dwhine Wade this season? When he finally went against a real team that year he got humiliated! He didn’t shoot 50% from the field in any of those games, that includes a monster 14 point performance on 25% shooting.
        My advise to you is STFU & learn more about the game
        Any comparison to MJ is just plain ignorant!

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        “11-16 career record in the Finals. Not very clutch, sorry. MJ 24-10.”

        So your argument is that there is one type of clutchness and that’s if your TEAM wins a ton of Finals. So that means there’s about 6 clutch guys in the history of the league? That means Robert Horry has more value than LeBron James? Steve Kerr is better than LeBron James? Charles Barkley sucks and isn’t clutch at all? Also my typo means that I started watching the NBA 4 years ago? Yawn. Lick my taint.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Objective take you say?

      Uh, the Heat WERE, as in PAST tense, a great team.

      The Spurs did NOT beat a great team in this years Finals as the Heat were a SHELL of their former selves.

      For you to say that the Spurs beat a GREAT team, well that let’s me know you’re not objective.

      This years Heat were good, but they were NOT a great team.

      So, good luck and keep working on being objective.

  13. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Relegate the entire Eastern Conference. The D-League produces superior basketball to the pathetic East.

    • campcouch - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Makes no sense. From 1983 until now the Eastern and Western Conferences have split the title 16/16. That’s like folding the West because LAL went to 7 of the 14 Finals in the 2000s.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        One team does not represent an entire conference. The West is filled with strong teams. The East, as a whole, is an exhibition of mediocrity.

  14. patfic5 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Who knew that the toughest test the Spurs would face in the playoffs would be the…Mavs?

  15. Filipe Furtado - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Putting things in even more perspective from game 7 on Dallas series on, the only Spurs win for less than 15 points was Game 6 in WCF, so they won by 15+ 12 times out of 13 games. That’s insane.

    • kavika6 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Best ever.

  16. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Yeah you Heat haters make me laugh. LBJ is the greatest ever. He just ran into a balanced team so what. As soon as Miami plays another 1-dimensional team, watch out…three Pete. Just a matter of time. #Go Heat

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      LMAO you got dusted by someone when you smoked that L, huh?

  17. money2long - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    We all knew the heat were done before they were officially done.
    Most people got their celebrations out when the weekend started.

  18. fordmandalay - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    I wasn’t so much against LeBron winning another, as I was against the Heat winning three in a row and somehow undeservedly getting into the discussion of ‘best teams ever’. Glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

  19. csbanter - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Erik Spoelstra was out coached by Pop. He should’ve played Beasley ,Douglas and given Greg Oden some minutes. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers were given too many minutes for the stats they put up. Speaking of Chalmers ahh forget about it.

    • mogogo1 - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      I’m at a loss as to why Beasley didn’t get any minutes. They couldn’t score to save their lives and that’s the one thing he excels at. Plus, he’d played fairly well in the regular season.

  20. campcouch - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    The past 12/15 years in the West have been dominated by the Lakers and Spurs in the Finals. So to be told that the conference is better is hard to fathom. The Lakers and Spurs have been and the other two participants are one for two. The East has sent 7 different teams that have fallen 10 of the 15 times to SA and LA (with a Dallas win). Is it that the two franchises are just superior to all others East or West for sustained excellence? Probably more so than the conference being better.

    • kavika6 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      ???

  21. bigwii - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    There are so many reasons LeBron isn’t the greatest of all time dude.

  22. meast2144 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    please stop the lebron is GOAT talk. he clearly isnt. He couldnt muster enough to will his team to win. he didnt even score liek we all know he can. Hes not even better than Kobe. Just stop hes good thats it.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      Thank you. Mr Mountrushmoore isn’t better than MJ, Magic, Bird, Kobe, Duncan, or Kareem. He’s all hype!

    • mogogo1 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Plus, he’s going to likely prove again why he isn’t GOAT by bailing on another bad situation and leaving Miami. When the going gets tough, LeBron finds a new home.

  23. courtjester1234 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    1st, Congrets to SA. Besides a clueless SA fan would say “I told you all” and a clueless Miami fan would cry how the team were robbed somehow.
    Duncan and Parker and the rest know how to play team ball, while Miami thought they would dominate with the Big 3 ( LeBron Robin and Mr Softie).
    What ever they guys on the Spurs decide to do, like going out on top or coming back to defend their title, they can look back and see a team that was good\great enough to win championships over a long time. Not just over the last 4 years.
    For Miami I see a need for change starting with the coach who looks like he dabbles with the powder.get rid of Mr Softie and buy Robin a hyperbaric chamber to stay in all summer, because it isn’t fair to expect one guy to constantly be your only reliable players. Oh and Marsh-Mello isn’t it

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      He goes from being grossly overrated and lauded as a coach when they win to being on the powder now that he got about 179 circles run around him while being outcoached by the best coach in the NBA?

      Heat Fan Logic.

  24. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I loved every single second of it.

    • the1nonlyk - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Agreed! i wish i could watch the whole spurs playoff run all over again!!

  25. jkirby317 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    @Anti….
    “Wade and Bosh are my bros.”??
    Delusional. Just because you are going to have to buy yet another LBJ “home team” jersey it doesn’t mean you should stop spending money on your medication. YOU HAVE NO BROS IN THE PROS!

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