PHOENIX - Seven numbers that tell the story of the San Antonio Spurs’ 104-87 championship-clinching win against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals:
4 – The number of NBA Finals series in the past decade that have been decided in five or fewer games. LeBron James was involved in three of them and was on the losing end twice. (Cleveland lost to San Antonio in four games in 2007; Miami defeated Oklahoma City in five games in 2012).
5 - ASU alums to win at least one NBA championship – a list that now includes Spurs’ forward-center Jeff Ayres (formerly Pendergraph), who played for the Sun Devils from 2005-09. Ayres, who saw playing time in each of the last three games of the NBA Finals, joins Byron Scott, Eddie House, Mark Landsberger and Lionel Hollins on the list of ASU players to earn a ring.
3 – Consecutive 20-plus-point performances by Spurs’ 22-year-old forward Kawhi Leonard, who scored 22 points on Sunday night. Leonard, who averaged 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot 68.6% from the field in those games, had just three 20-point games during the entire 2013-14 regular season.
20 – Points scored by the Heat in a brutal stretch that spanned nearly half the game. After jumping out to a 22-6 lead seven minutes into the game, Miami managed just 20 points in the next 23 minutes. The Spurs scored 53 points in that span.
47 – Bench points scored by San Antonio, which nearly doubled Miami’s bench output of 24 points. The Spurs’ bench outscored the Heat’s in every NBA Finals game, and outscored them by an average of 15.8 points per game in the series.
0 – Points scored by the Spurs’ regular-season leading scorer, Tony Parker, in the first half – a stat that demonstrates just how deep this season’s team was, as San Antonio still managed to lead the Heat by seven points at halftime. Parker did score second-half 16 points, connecting on seven of his final 11 field-goal attempts.
32 – Points scored by Miami’s starters other than LeBron James, who scored 31 points on his own. Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen shot a combined 11 of 34 (32.3%) from the floor. They also had as many combined assists (five) as James did.