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May 28, 2013

Spurs back in NBA Finals after sweep of Grizzlies


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Spurs now head home to rest and wait for either Miami or Indiana after finishing off the first conference finals sweep since the Nets handled Detroit in 2003. Game 1 of the finals is June 6.

"If we go all the way, it'll definitely be my favorite because it gets harder and harder," Parker said with the Western championship trophy sitting in front of him.

The Spurs now have won six straight in these playoffs, and they did it by handing two straight losses to a team that had been undefeated on their own court in their best postseason in franchise history.

"We will be back," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said.

Memphis finished off the best season in team history getting swept by the very same franchise that needed four games to knock them out of their first playoff appearance in 2004. The Grizzlies got a standing ovation from their fans as the final seconds ticked off.

Parker had his best game this postseason, hitting 15 of 21 shots and four of his six free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to seal this victory.

"He's been amazing," Duncan said of Parker. "Every year he gets better and better and better. He's been carrying us. You can see tonight he carried us the entire game."

The 37-year-old Duncan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 11 points.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich savored being back in the Finals once again.

"You don't expect that to happen maybe this late in the game with the same group," Popovich said. "It's tough to do, to maintain something that long. But it just shows the character of those three guys and their ability to play with whoever else is brought in around them. They deserve a lot of credit for that."

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