San Antonio Spurs are the NBA Champions
Four years ago, the San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be finished.
Perhaps it was five years ago, or maybe even six; eventually you lose count.
But in 2014, the San Antonio squad officially proved even the most steadfast naysayer wrong. After flirting with championship contention for a while, it finally sealed the deal and carved its name into the history books for a fifth time.
Like any great magic trick, the Spurs’ improbable, everlasting dominance has crowds wondering how it could have been done. And like any great magicians, San Antonio’s main architects—Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford are hesitant to reveal their secrets.
However, that may be due to the fact that there is no secret pathway to success at all. Looking back, the Spurs found themselves a winning formula and have adapted accordingly to ensure that their prosperity lingers on.
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LA Kings are the Stanley Cup Champions
The Los Angeles Kings scored in double overtime Friday night, defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 and winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Alec Martinez slapped in the winning goal and the National Hockey League’s championship trophy went to the Kings after a thrilling Game 5 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The Kings had to work hard to claim the prize.
Los Angeles took an early lead with a goal by Justin Williams, but the Rangers battled back and tied it with a power-play goal by Chris Kreider late in the second period. Brian Boyle scored again for the Rangers minutes later, making the score 2-1 New York.
The Kings tied it 2-2 in the third period with a power-play goal by Marian Gaborik. The crowd chanted “We want the cup” as the game headed down the stretch of regulation time.
The scrappy Rangers took only one game in the series, a 2-1 victory Wednesday in New York.