The Spurs were simply better: James

Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:33am EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Minutes after the Miami Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals in a Game Five rout, LeBron James conceded the San Antonio Spurs were simply a better team.

"That's how team basketball should be played," James told reporters after the 104-87 drubbing on Sunday that closed out the series and gave the Spurs their fifth championship.

"You know, it's selfless. Guys move, cut, pass, you've got a shot, you take it, but it's all for the team and it's never about the individual. That's the brand of basketball.

"They were the much better team."

No one disputes that James is the best player in the world but the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player had little help against San Antonio.

He scored 31 points, had 10 rebounds and five assists on Sunday, leading the Heat in each category while the other components of the Heat's 'Big Three', Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, were ineffective.

Wade scored 11 points on four of 12 shooting, while Bosh totaled 13 points on six of 14.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra even had James play point guard because Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole were unproductive though the move failed to generate any heat and even created some chaos at times.   Continued...

Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) comes up against the defense of San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker of France during the second half in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone