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Thursday's game between the Spurs and the Heat was really amazing.
San Antonio worked Miami 111-87 in the Finals rematch in San Antonio. It was seemingly a typical Spurs game. Just clinical, incredible precision that has been the definition of the Spurs in the last two decades (almost).
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a turn-back-the-clock performance for the veteran and surefire Hall of Famer, the center of everything the Spurs have built int he past two decades. Boris Diaw had an eye-popping 16 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
Diaw represents what the Spurs are about as much as Duncan. There is a second nature about the way San Antonio plays. It has come with years of drilling, careful review of the players they acquire and bring into the fold and, yes, the perfect stars that put the team above all else and treasure the solitude of this little basketball haven in South Texas.
Year after year, San Antonio keeps doing the incredible no matter who is sitting out, who might be injured or who might be even be on the roster. It is clinical, precise and successful.
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"I'm not even quit sure what they do," Afflalo said. "They play hard, just play hard and play well. I don't know if it's their blueprint or their personnel. I don't know if you can just apply what they do to any team and think you'll be successful. They've got good players. The longevity and success fo what they have done is probably a large part because of Tim, Manu and Tony. Those guys are really good."
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