Friday , Jun , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Tony Parker finished with 24 points and some
individual hardware, Manu Ginobili scored a game-high 27 points and Tim Duncan
poured in 12 points with 15 rebounds, all playing a part in San Antonio
clinching its fourth NBA title in nine seasons with a 83-82 victory over
Cleveland in Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena. The experienced trio contributed
to San Antonio moving into an exclusive category, responding to a
Cleveland run that saw the Cavaliers take their first second-half lead of
the series at 61-60 on a LeBron James jumper with 7:55 remaining. Daniel
Gibson followed with a driving layup for a 63-60 edge, concluding an 11-0
stretch to start the fourth quarter. James and the Cavaliers didn’t intend
on going home quietly. Yet, in the end San Antonio made sure the Cavaliers’
season still ended. Duncan made a running half hook and Ginobili drained a
layup before Duncan tipped in Ginobili’s missed free throw for a 66-63
lead with 5:20 on the clock. After James made one free throw and Anderson
Varejao tied the game at 66-66 with a slam, Ginobili lined up a three and
the rain-making shot found the bottom of the net for a three-point lead the
Spurs never relinquished. Ginobili made four free throws in the final 10
seconds to cement the victory. Damon Jones’ three-pointer at the horn made
the final margin closer than how the game played out. The Spurs won despite
shooting just 42.6 percent from the floor and making only 20-of-34 from
the foul line. Duncan made just 4-of-15 from the floor, struggling to find
his stroke for the second straight game. It didn’t matter with Parker and
Ginobili picking up the slack. Ginobili scored just three points on 0-
of-7 shooting in Game 3’s 75-72 victory, but responded by making a trio of
three-pointers and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. Parker remained the
constant with 24 points and seven rebounds, taking home the NBA Finals MVP
honor. Duncan had won each of the club’s previous three Finals MVP trophies
in 1999, 2003 and 2005. James needed 30 shots for 24 points along with 10
assists and six rebounds while Drew Gooden donated 11 points and 11 rebounds.
James became a new father early Thursday morning, as his girlfriend Savannah
Brinson gave birth to the couple’s second son, Bryce Maximus James.