Duncan and Spurs used heartbreak of last year as added motivation.
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan reacts to winning his fifth NBA championship in a post-game interview after the 104-87 win in Game 5 on Sunday night.
Duncan spoke with Doris Burke after helping the Spurs clinch a 4-1 series win in the NBA Finals 2014, with the veteran forward playing an integral part throughout the year in getting the franchise back to the top.
After the heartbreaking manner in which they were defeated last year by the Miami Heat, Duncan revealed that the entire coaching staff and team had used it as an added motivation to bounce back this season.
Having finished with a league-best 62-20 regular season record, the Spurs navigated their way through a highly competitive Western Conference playoff field to return to the Finals and ultimately they were able to gain revenge.
While Kawhi Leonard was named the Finals MVP, coach Gregg Popovich insisted that it was a team effort as every player played a role in securing success.