The San Antonio Spurs are NBA champions for the fifth time since 1999 following their third straight convincing win over the Miami Heat. Kawhi Leonard delivered 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs ripped Miami 104-87 to win the finals in five games.
In the NBA finals, San Antonio topped Miami 107-86, giving the Spurs a 3-1 series lead. Kawhi Leonard had team highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs, while Tony Parker added 19 points. They combined to hit 15 of their 27 shots, a major reason for San Antonio's 57-percent success rate.
The San Antonio Spurs just couldn't put away the Miami Heat.
The Heat managed to force a seventh game Thursday night in the NBA Finals by scoring the last six points to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. LeBron James and Ray Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter after the Spurs failed to come up with rebounds of missed Miami shots.
In other NBA news, the proposed deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would have sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is off.
In the NHL, Daniel Paille scored in the second period and the Bruins blanked the Hawks 2-0. The game was scoreless until Paille tallied 2:13 into the middle period, two nights after providing the overtime goal in Boston's 2-1 victory at Chicago. Patrice Bergeron doubled the Bruins' lead with 5:55 left in the period.
Well, the Chicago Blackhawks struck first in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals after beating the Boston Bruins 4-3. Andrew Shaw scored at 12:08 of triple-overtime to give the Hawks a 4-3 comeback victory over the Bruins. This was the fifth-longest finals game in NHL history.
In baseball news, Desmond Jennings hit two of Tampa Bay's four homers in an 8-3 thumping of Boston. Jon Lester served up three gopher balls and was lifted after Matt Joyce's two-run blast put the Rays ahead 7-3 in the fifth.
Elsewhere in the American League, Oakland won 6-4 over the Yankees. CC Sabathia allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings. The Angels fell to Baltimore 3-2. Cleveland topped Texas 5-2. Detroit won against Kansas City 3-2. Toronto edged ahead of the White Sox 7-5 and Seattle blanked Houston 4-0.
Well, the Red Sox beat the Rangers 6-3 last night. David Ortiz hit a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Red Sox to victory after trailing by three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury scored the tying run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning of his first game after sitting out five straight because of a groin injury.
Elsewhere, the Yankees won 6-1 over Seattle. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York's six-run third inning. Phil Hughes took a shutout into the eighth.
In baseball news, checking the American League, Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Monday night to spoil Nick Swisher's first game back in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte lasted only 4 2-3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Elsewhere, it was Houston over the Angels 2-1 and Seattle doubled up the White Sox 4-2.