Tim Duncan is anticipating a different outcome in the NBA Finals this year.
After the Spurs outlasted the Thunder 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 on Saturday to win the Western Conference title, Duncan was asked about playing for the championship against the Heat for the second year in a row.
“We have four more [games] to win,” the Spurs' big man told TNT's David Aldridge. “We’ll do it this time.”
San Antonio lost to Miami in a classic seven-game series last year. Trailing 3-2, the Heat overcame a five-point deficit in the final 28 seconds of regulation in Game 6 and held on for another home victory in Game 7 to win their second straight title.
Duncan is seeking his fifth championship. He led the Spurs to titles in 1999, 2003, ’05 and ’07. The Spurs will have home-court advantage in the Finals, which will have a 2-2-1-1-1 format after this year’s change from 2-3-2. Game 1 is Thursday in San Antonio.