Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Sharper Spurs Put Cavaliers to the Sword

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Basketball: Sharper Spurs Put Cavaliers to the Sword

Article excerpt

SAN Antonio Spurs claimed an 83-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to clinch their fourth NBA championship since 1999.

The victory completed their first 4-0 clean sweep in the NBA Finals and the first since the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the New Jersey Nets in 2002.

Tony Parker scored 24 points en-route to winning the series' most valuable player award, Manu Ginobili poured in 27, while Tim Duncan added 12 and 15 rebounds.

Trailing 60-52 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers scored the first 11 points of the period to take a 63-60 lead.

San Antonio then went on a 14-3 run, capped by Fabricio Oberto's lay-up with two minutes left to make it 74-66.

Time would become a factor as the Cavaliers poured in some points in the waning seconds but it would be too little, too late.

After two demoralising defeats in Games One and Two, and a narrow 75-72 loss in Game Three on Tuesday, Cleveland showed some fortitude in the opening period, taking a 20-19 lead into the second quarter, despite 10 points from Spurs speedster Parker. …

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