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Super-fan travels from Australia for Game 5

Paul Downer flew thousands of miles to support Silver and Black

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SAN ANTONIO – The road to complete the drive for a fifth NBA title was definitely a long one for the San Antonio Spurs.

But the road to see it happen in person was a little longer for a fan that came from the other side of the globe.

Paul Downer traveled all the way from Australia for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

"The atmosphere is fantastic, you know," he said. "TV doesn't do it justice, right? Being there is amazing."

Downer said the Silver and Black has an appeal that is appreciated thousands of miles away.

"I think we just like a quality team (with) good teamwork and that's what they play," he said. "I follow them as well because they're a bit more humble and less pretentious."

After the game, Downer headed downtown to Commerce Street, to complete the experience of being a hometown Spurs fan.