How to revel in the Spurs win, plus some impressive Silver and Black stats.
Mission accomplished. Spurs players and fans who’ve replayed the heart-breaking finale of the 2013 NBA Finals can now replace those memories with ones of the San Antonio Spurs’ fifth championship. After a slow start in Game 5 on Sunday, the Silver and Black cruised to a win, beating the Miami Heat 104 to 87—the highest margin of victory in NBA Finals history. If you weren’t at the AT&T Center or on Commerce Street to honk your horn, there are still plenty of ways to show your Spurs pride. Here, find five ways to celebrate the championship, plus some fast facts about the series.
Get a Seat at the Parade
The celebratory River Parade will be June 18. Fans are invited to start staking out a spot along the River Walk at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The team, coaches, Spurs staff, city and county officials and several musicians will begin making their way down the river 6 p.m., starting at Arneson River Theater, traveling past the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall and ending at the Convent Street bridge. Mayor Julián Castro, in a release from the Spurs, called the team one of the best. “The city is proud of our Spurs,” he said. “This fifth championship cements the Spurs’ legacy as one of the greatest sports franchises in history.”
Note to fans: Chairs, coolers, alcohol, glass containers, shopping bags and Silly String will not be permitted during the parade.
See the Trophy
Following the parade, Spurs players and coaches will head to the Alamodome to show off their fifth championship trophy and to address fans. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and no tickets are needed. Want a front row seat at the Alamodome but don’t want to miss the parade? No problem. The Alamodome will broadcast the parade live as well as show highlights of the championship series.
Celebrate with a Cold One
Head to Academy Sports + Outdoors
…But expect to be part of a crowd as you shop for championship gear. If you’d prefer not to stand in line (and if you can tolerate not having the goods in your hands today), order merchandise from academy.comand other outlets. All championship apparel from academy.com is set to ship on June 18.
Enroll the Kids in a Spurs Camp
Let your kids meet Spurs players and coaches while learning more about the game. The Spurs and WNBA Stars will host a girls’ camp and an elite training week June 23-27. In July, send your boys to a Spurs overnight camp (July 6-11), or let the kids have fun with Coyote while learning the basketball basics at a day camp (July 21-25). spurs.com
Impress Fellow Fans with Finals Factoids
At 22, Kawhi Leonard is the third youngest NBA Finals MVP. (Magic Johnson won at 20 and 22.) Tim Duncan previously held that spot for his win in 1999 when he was 23—and Leonard was 7.
While the Big 3 and Leonard were instrumental in the win, the Spurs’ bench was also a key component to its scoring. San Antonio’s bench scored 47 points in Game 5—nearly double Miami’s (24).
The Spurs’ field-goal percentage on Sunday was 52.8, the highest in NBA history during the finals.
This is the 14th consecutive season the Spurs have won 50 games or more.
TV ratings for Spurs games this year were up 15 percent, according to Forbes, which ranked them second in the NBA, despite being in the fourth smallest market of all NBA teams.