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For the first time since 2010, the NBA Finals will come down to a winner-take-all Game 7 Thursday night in Miami as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will battle one last time with the NBA Championship at stake. The Heat and Spurs played an instant classic Game 6 Tuesday night with the Heat winning 103-100 in overtime after an incredible finish in the 4th quarter. The Heat led 89-86 before Tony Parker took over and led an 8-0 run. With the Heat trailing 94-89, a key three-pointer by LeBron James cut the led to 94-92 and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard split a pair of free-throws as the Spurs led 95-92. Heat guard Ray Allen tied the game with a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth and Parker missed a shot as this game was sent to overtime. James dominated the extra period and finished the game with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while Tim Duncan scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
The 2013 NBA Finals are all set with the defending champion Miami Heat squaring off against the San Antonio Spurs. For the second straight season, the Heat needed seven games to dispatch their opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating the Indiana Pacers 99-76 on Monday night in Game 7 in Miami. The Heat will be making their third consecutive trip to the Finals and fourth overall in franchise history. The Heat became the first East team to reach three straight finals, since the Chicago Bulls did it back from 1996-1998. The Heat will be looking to become the sixth franchise to repeat as champions joining the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Bulls and Houston Rockets. The Spurs have been off since sweeping the Western Conference Finals last Monday Memorial Day and this will be the seventh matchup in the finals, where one team swept the conference finals and the other team won the conference finals in seven games. Teams that swept the conference finals are 4-2, with the Lakers being the last team to win. The 2001 Lakers swept the Spurs in the West Finals and then defeated the Philadelphia Sixers, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games in the East Finals. The Lakers beat the Sixers in five games in the 2001 Finals. The 1998 Bulls were the last team to win the conference finals in seven games and win the NBA title, defeating the Utah Jazz, who swept the Lakers in the conference finals, beating them in six games in the Finals.
By Erin Somers,
The San Antonio Spurs have done it once again. They have quietly advanced to the NBA Finals. No noise. Few ESPN highlights, just winning fundamental team basketball, are what the Spurs are all about.
The Spurs faced a tough first series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers star Kobe Bryant was injured. Coming into that series, two of the spurs “Big 3”, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were coming off injuries of their own, and played at something less than 100%. In game one in San Antonio, the Lakers gave it their all, yet fell short. The Spurs then finished the Lakers off in a four game sweep. No boasting by the Spurs. Win with class, and then focus on the next challenge.
The next challenge for the Spurs was, the young, up and coming team… the Golden State Warriors. Young guns Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are a force to contend with, especially from behind the arc. This series was a battle from game one. With excellent coaching, and the skills of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, the Spurs forged on to the NBA semi-finals.
The San Antonio Spurs are once again Western Conference Champions after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night in Game 4 of the Western Finals 93-86. In the Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich era, the Spurs have swept eight series and are 12-2 in this year’s playoffs. The Spurs will be making their fifth trip to the NBA Finals since 1999 and first since 2007. The Spurs will look to add another title after winning in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
The defending champion Miami Heat are in a battle with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals as the series is tied at 2 after the Pacers won Game 4 99-92 Tuesday night. Game 5 will be in Miami Thursday night and Game 6 takes place in Indiana on Saturday night. If the series goes to a Game 7, that deciding game happens on Monday June 3rd. All games start at 8:30 PM EST on TNT.
By Erin Somers
The New York Knicks proved this season that they are a force to be reckoned with. It has been 19 years since the Knicks snatched their first division title. This was also their first playoff series win since 2000. The Knicks have made some huge improvements this season, but if they want to stay on top they have a lot to work on in this post season.
For starters the Knicks need to re-sign their highest scoring guard, J. R. Smith. He has proven himself in being a reliable shooter for his teammates, even if he can be a handful for the coaching staff.
Carmello Anthony is one of the best scorers on the planet. He is the leading scorer on the Knicks. He has been the leading scorer on Team USA. The difference is, on Team USA, while surrounded by stars, he scores within the flow of the offense.