CLEVELAND — When the last bits of hype and hope died, and the San Antonio Spurs stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers from rising up to even make themselves a nuisance, the NBA Finals ended Thursday the way they began.
As promised all along, it was a coronation.
But rather than anoint LeBron James to his presumed place as the league’s preeminent star, the Spurs reclaimed theirs atop the league, finishing off the Cavaliers to complete their Finals sweep with an 83-82 victory.
“I have to admit, this one is sweeter,” Tim Duncan said after the Spurs completed their rise from their early season struggles. “The road we took to get here, it was as tough as we ever had it. Guys persevered. It was great. All around, it was great, probably the best one.”