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Why The Spurs Must Win Game 7

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Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs reacts on court during overtime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena June 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated San Antonio 103-100 in overtime to even the best-of-seven championship series 3-3. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs reacts on court during overtime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena June 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated San Antonio 103-100 in overtime to even the best-of-seven championship series 3-3. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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By: Tom Millikan

Nobody wants to be remembered for choking. Just ask Bill Buckner.

Last night, the San Antonio Spurs possibly choked away a championship. They led the Miami Heat by 5 points with 20 seconds to play and lost in OT. That’s a choke. You don’t blow 5 point leads with 20 seconds to play. You just can’t do that — not with a title on the line!

I’ll argue that the Spurs’ choke job last night might be the second biggest choke in the history of sports. Why? Because of what they potentially lost.

It rivals the biggest choke ever, which was the Mets/Red Sox World Series in 1986. The Red Sox blew a 5-3 10th inning lead in Game 6 thanks to Bill Buckner’s infamous error. The Mets went on to win Game 7 to steal the 1986 World Series. If the Heat win Game 7 tomorrow night they will steal an NBA Championship thanks to the Spurs.

If the Spurs win Game 7 this all goes away. It will be forgotten. If not, the Spurs have ended a great run in the most disastrous way.

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