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Last Updated: Friday, 15 June 2007, 06:05 GMT 07:05 UK
Spurs complete NBA Finals sweep
The San Antonio Spurs celebrate their NBA Finals win
San Antonio are fourth on the NBA all-time champions' list
The San Antonio Spurs captured their fourth NBA title in nine seasons, defeating Cleveland 83-82 to clinch the Finals series 4-0.

French guard Tony Parker, who netted 24 points and averaged almost 25 per game, became the first European to earn Most Valuable Player in the Finals.

San Antonio's Manu Ginobili top-scored in the fourth game with 27 points, 13 of which came in the final quarter.

The Spurs' previous titles came in 1999, 2003 and 2005.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and forward Tim Duncan have been part of all four teams.

Only Boston, Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers have won the title more times.

Parker became the youngest player in NBA history to make 100 play-off appearances, reaching his century at 25 years and 28 days, 216 days quicker than Kobe Bryant's old mark.

Zidane is always going to be 'The Man' in France because soccer is so popular but hopefully French people can realise what I just accomplished

Tony Parker

"It's great. It's history. It's just unbelievable. I'm speechless," said Parker, who was watched courtside by fiancee Eva Longoria and friend Thierry Henry.

Asked whether he was more popular in France now than football legend Zinedane Zidane, Parker said at least he has made a case.

"You should put me on the same list. Zidane is always going to be 'The Man' in France because soccer is so popular. But hopefully French people can realise what I just accomplished.

The Cavaliers became the eighth team in NBA history to be swept in the final and the first since the Lakers blanked New Jersey in 2002.

Their tally of 322 points in four games is the smallest total of any team in NBA Finals history, lowering the old mark of 376 by Baltimore when swept by Milwaukee in 1971.

Cleveland did at least put up more resistance in the fourth game and San Antonio had to fight hard for victory.

The Spurs led 60-49 after the third quarter but Cleveland then scored 14 consecutive points to lead 63-60 with 6:53 to play.

San Antonio fought back, however, with Argentine Ginobili sinking six free throws in the last 24 seconds to give the Spurs victory.

LeBron James, who became a father for the second time earlier on Thursday, led the Cavaliers with 24 points despite shooting only 10-of-30.



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