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San Antonio's title-clinching win over Miami in NBA Finals averages nearly 18 million viewers

Fans celebrate the Spurs winning the NBA Championship after beating the Miami Heat as they stand on top of a car on Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio on Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Lisa Krantz)

Fans celebrate the Spurs winning the NBA Championship after beating the Miami Heat as they stand on top of a car on Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio on Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Lisa Krantz)  (The Associated Press)

The San Antonio Spurs' redemption title was a big hit with television viewers.

Nearly 18 million viewers tuned in to watch the Spurs clinch in Game 5 on Sunday night. That's a 10 percent increase from Game 5 between the same teams last year. Nielsen says viewership peaked at 22.4 million in the last half hour of the Spurs' 104-87 win.

The 10.3 national rating on ABC was up from 9.5 last year.

The five-game series averaged 15.5 million viewers and a 9.3 rating. That's up from 15.1 million viewers and a 9.1 rating through five games of the 2013 classic series.

Nielsen Social says it was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year, with more than 6.4 million tweets. The Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, preventing the Heat from winning three straight titles.