From the last seat at the end of the bench — the game decided and the San Antonio Spurs minutes away the NBA championship — LeBron James clapped after Michael Beasley made a meaningless shot.

When Chris Bosh checked out of the game with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the Spurs' demolition of his Miami Heat, James met Bosh near halfcourt at the scorer's table for a hug.

And when the clocked ticked toward zero, James marched toward the Spurs bench to offer congratulations. He hugged Kawhi Leonard first, then Gregg Popovich — the two have a deep mutual appreciation — followed by Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and then finally a long embrace with former teammate Danny Green.

James then bolted for the Heat locker room following San Antonio's 104-87 victory in Game 5 Sunday. He eventually made his way to the postgame news conference and acknowledged one of those painful truths.

"They were the much better basketball team," James said.

When the series began to tilt in San Antonio's favor — after Game 3 and Game 4 — it became obvious the Heat needed James to do more and more, and no matter how much more James delivered, it was never enough. Not against the Spurs.

"Obviously, I didn't do enough," James said.

In Game 5, James had a game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and just one turnover. He had 17 points and six rebounds in the first quarter.

For the series, James averaged 28.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals a game and shot 57.1% from the field and 51.9% on three-pointers.

He had no help, and the Spurs played a large part in limiting Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the rest.

"Not disappointed in any of my teammates, just wish we could have come through, played a better series," James said.