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.
The 2014 Finals will mark the first rematch since Michael Jordan’s Bulls defeated the Jazz, led by Karl Malone and John Stockton, in 1997 and '98.
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.