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With Finals tied 2-2, a historical look at Game 5 results

Jun 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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As we prepare for Sunday night’s critical Game 5 between the Heat in the Spurs, it’s worth taking a look back through history to see how things have gone down in similar situations.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com gives us the goods.

Game 5 results with Finals tied 2-2, since 1985 (winner in CAPS)

Year Away Score Home Score Series result
1985 Boston 111 L.A. LAKERS 120 L.A. in 6
1988 L.A. Lakers 94 DETROIT 104 L.A. in 7
1992 CHICAGO 119 Portland 106 Chicago in 6
1994 Houston 84 NEW YORK 91 Houston in 7
1997 CHICAGO 90 Utah 88 Chicago in 6
2003 SAN ANTONIO 93 New Jersey 83 San Antonio in 6
2005* SAN ANTONIO 96 Detroit 95 San Antonio in 7
2006* Dallas 100 MIAMI 101 Miami in 6
2010 L.A. Lakers 86 BOSTON 92 L.A. in 7
2011 Miami 103 DALLAS 112 Dallas in 6

* Game 5 went to overtime

 A few notes:

- Home court advantage is minimal when the two best teams are fighting to win a game that puts them one step away from the title. Six of the 10 contests have been won by the home team, four by the visitors. However, when the visiting team has won, it’s gone on to win the championship at home every single time.

- The importance of winning Game 5 cannot be understated, as seven of the 10 teams that did went on to win the championship.

- Four times out of these 10, the series went all seven games. The Game 5 winner went just 2-2 in those deciding contests.

- The Heat and the Spurs are no strangers to being in this situation. Each team has been here twice before, with the Spurs winning Game 5 in both 2003 and 2005 on the way to titles in both years. The Heat won their Game 5 battle in 2006 before securing a championship, but lost Game 5 (and later, the title) to Dallas in 2011.

  1. 22goat22 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I wonder if these stats supercede those of the team that wins game 3… Each game and each year is that of its own. Who ever wins the most games in the series wins.. Niether team will be done after tonight. Keep the perspective.

  2. kb2408 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I think one of these teams is going to break through and win two in a row (tonight and game 6). Initially I picked Spurs in 6, now I’m not so sure. Every time it appears that one of the teams is in control they lose the very next game. Hopefully the Spurs win tonight and then celebrate a title on Miami’s court.

  3. jameskocian - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    The first team to win 4 games wins the series an unprecedented 100% of the time.

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