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History Favors Home Team In Game 7s

The Miami Heat put together one of the best regular seasons in recent memory thanks in large part to a 27-game winning streak. But it also secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and that could be a deciding factor on where the Larry O’Brien trophy stays for the next year.

06/20/2013

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Heat & Spurs Battle For Legacies In Game 7

And then there was one. One game to decide the value of a year’s worth of work trying to become NBA champion. For one team, it’s one last shot at glory as the window is nearly closed on a historic run and for the other, immortality winning back-to-back championships.

06/20/2013

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs pauses while speaking to reporters during a practice day before Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tied, 2 to 3, in a 7 game series and will compete to win the series June 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Spurs Rely On Togetherness To Overcome Collapse

Through heartbreaking losses and hair-raising victories, through Game 7s of the NBA Finals and Game 46s of the regular season, through contract extension after contract extension, what has defined these San Antonio Spurs more than anything else is the simple fact that they stick together.

97.1 The Ticket–06/20/2013

LeBron James (6) of the Miami Heat waits to shoot during a practice day before Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are tied, 2 to 3, in a 7 game series and will compete to win the series Thursday night. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A Game 7 With More On The Line Than An NBA Title

He is the best player in the game and this is the best moment in his sport.

97.1 The Ticket–06/20/2013

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 18: Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs walks past 'The Finals' logo on court while playing the Miami Heat during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 18, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Game 6 Of The NBA Finals Leaves Matt Dery Shaking His Head

How did the Spurs let that game get away last night?

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2013

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VIDEO: The LeBron James Headband Game

It will be known as the LeBron James Headband Game.

06/19/2013

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5 Things to Watch For In Game 6 of NBA Finals

Five things to watch for in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs try to clinch their fifth title and end the Miami Heat’s reign on Tuesday night:

06/18/2013

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Spurs A Model Of Patience & Success

The Spurs have long been the NBA’s gold standard when it comes to drafting and development, preferring to roll up their sleeves and scour the globe to find the right players to slot into well-defined roles in San Antonio.

06/18/2013

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Odds Stacked Against Heat In Game 6

The Miami Heat dug themselves a hole when they allowed the San Antonio Spurs to go up 3-2 in the 2013 NBA Finals. Heading into Game 6, the Heat face long odds of just getting to Game 7, much less winning the NBA championship.

06/18/2013

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Heat Have Been Here Before

The Miami Heat have been playing the entire 2012-2013 season with a mentality of championship or bust. After dropping Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Heat’s proverbial backs are against the wall and the championship dreams are close to becoming another Finals nightmare.

06/17/2013

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