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  1. Mario Chalmers banks in 30-foot 3-pointer to beat third-quarter buzzer

    Jun 20, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Mario Chalmers, who knows something about making buzzer-beating 3-pointers in winner-take-all games, inbounded the ball with 5.2 seconds left in the third quarter, immediately got a pass back from Ray Allen and dashed upcourt unimpeded. Then, he pulled up from 30 feet to bank what has so far been the biggest shot of the biggest…

  2. LeBron James finds Dwyane Wade for dunk on wild and loose play (video)

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade stand together during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

    Mario Chalmers missed a 3-pointer badly, and LeBron James picked a poor time to gamble for a steal. The result was a Dwyane Wade dunk. Huh? With the Spurs in transition, Danny Green threw a pass to Mike Miller as if he though Miller played for the San Antonio. That meant everyone was out of…

  3. Heat lead Spurs 46-44 at halftime of Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade shoots over Spurs' Green during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat are out to a 46-44 lead over the Spurs at halftime of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. One of the things we planned on looking for heading into this one was the level of play, and whether due to the accumulation of a season’s worth of fatigue or the magnitude…

  4. NBA Finals Game 7 Spurs vs. Heat: Miami earns repeat title in dramatic Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Wade pause during a break in play against the Spurs during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions, but the San Antonio Spurs made them earn every last bit of it. It was a hard-fought if not always pretty Game 7, but LeBron James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 95-88 win. LeBron was rightfully named NBA Finals MVP. He…

  5. LeBron James absorbs big hit, makes three-point play (video)

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James is surrounded by San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter in Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    LeBron James is really strong. And really lucky. Many players would immediately be knocked to the ground after taking a hit like that, but LeBron stays upright long enough to throw the ball toward the rim. This wasn’t a good look, mind you, but it was good enough to have a prayer. And that prayer…

  6. Tim Duncan goes coast-to-coast for ‘fast’-break dunk (video)

    Jun 20, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Usually, it’s LeBron James who uses his defensive instincts and speed to get steals and turn them into one-on-none fastbreaks. But 37-year-old Tim Duncan can still move a little bit knows how to poke the ball forward to give himself a huge head start on any trailing defenders. Duncan has become such a smart player,…

  7. Danny Green ill before Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Danny Green

    After starting the NBA Finals shooting 25-of-38 from beyond the arc and setting a Finals record for 3-pointers, Danny Green cooled off and shot 1-for-5 on 3s and 1-for-7 overall in Game 6. It would errant to pin the Spurs’ loss on him, but they need him to shoot better from the perimeter – even…

  8. LeBron meets the media before Game 7 (VIDEO)

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    MIAMI — LeBron James was much more relaxed than usual when meeting with reporters about an hour before tip-off of Game 7. It might be the excitement (and the admitted lack of sleep) taking its toll, or it could simply be the calm before delivering a personal championship-winning storm. Decide for yourself by checking out…

  9. Quote of the day: Popovich compares Game 7 to the rack

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich talks with the media during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the Miami Heat in Miami

    “It’s torture. It’s hard to appreciate torture.” —Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked if he appreciates the magnitude of Game 7 in his pregame press conference. Later tonight or tomorrow we will try to run video of his entire press conference, it was pure gold comedy. Not in the curmudgeonly way Pop can come off…

  10. Spurs can find comfort in historic Game 7 success of Game 6 losers

    Jun 20, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT-GAME 6

    The Spurs seemed to be in a fragile mental state after losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals, which is pretty understandable. They were moments from winning a championship, and those opportunities are extremely rare, even for a team as accomplished as San Antonio. Now, 48 hours later the Spurs must push all that aside…

  11. Manu Ginobili more likely to repeat Game 6 than Game 5 for Spurs

    Jun 20, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili struggled through Games 1 -4, surged in Game 5 and reverted to playing poorly in Game 6. Has Ginobili, a multi-time All-Star and multi-time All-NBA third teamer, become the most confounding player of the 2013 NBA Finals? Not at all. In fact, his play can be pretty easily explained. He’s old. At 35,…

  12. Tim Duncan playing for his legacy in Game 7, too

    Jun 20, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    When the San Antonio Spurs won the 1997 NBA lottery – long before they drafted Tim Duncan – Spurs chairman Peter Holt referenced the Wake Forest big man and said, “The world is our oyster.” Holt very well could have been imagining multiple Most Valuable Player awards and twice as many championships won by his…

  13. New Nuggets GM says he’s a big JaVale McGee fan

    Jun 20, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    What else is he going to say? Part of the reason team president Josh Kroenke sent George Karl packing was he didn’t play his young players like JaVale McGee enough — Kosta Koufos got the starts. So when new Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly say when formally introduced? #Nuggets exec Tim Connelly was in Washington…

  14. David Stern shoots down Clippers/Celtics trade as constructed

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

    There are two key rules in play here. One, you can’t trade a player for a coach. That is not actually in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (according to Larry Coon, CBA expert), the document doesn’t mention the idea at all, but the league is saying since it is not outlined as permitted it is not…

  15. Game 7 between the Heat and the Spurs: Seven things to watch

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James looks at a replay as he walks up court with Spurs' Duncan during the fourth quarter in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    MIAMI — The Heat and the Spurs have engaged in an epic Finals battle which will crown one of them as champions by the time Thursday night is through. In a series where neither team has been able to string together two consecutive victories, it’s even more impossible than usual to predict how one game…

  16. Grizzlies, 76ers looking to buy first-round draft picks

    Jun 20, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kwame Brown

    The Grizzlies traded their first-round pick to Cleveland to get under the luxury tax and save about $4 million. Now they can use some of that money to get a first-round pick back. Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld: Memphis is looking to buy a first-round pick, so expect the Grizzlies to get in the mix and…

  17. Hope you liked Warriors’ sleeve uniforms, more teams using them next year

    Jun 20, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors uniforms sleeves

    Why is the NBA promoting a new uniform with short sleeves? To sell more merchandise, of course. It’s always about the money. Let’s be honest, there are certain people wearing traditional jerseys around town we’d all like to see more covered up in short sleeve jerseys. There is probably a market for this. So next…

  18. David Stern talks about why nation doesn’t fully embrace Spurs

    Jun 20, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game Two

    NBA Commissioner David Stern — at least for seven more months — swung by the Dan Patrick Show to talk all things about the Association such as Dennis Rodman in North Korea and the coaching carousel. But the interesting discussion comes in near the end, when Stern and Patrick discuss why the nation has been…

  19. Report: Clippers, Celtics trying to work out Garnett trade league will approve

    Jun 20, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett and head coach Rivers react to a foul called on Garnett in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    UPDATE 1:50 pm: The Clippers and Celtics are actively talking about the trade on Thursday, but now they have a new issue — one that will pass muster with the league. You cannot trade for a coach. You cannot have side deals or contingencies as part of a trade. There are some precedents of compensation…

  20. Which role player is going to step up and be the Game 7 hero?

    Jun 20, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Danny Green ,Mike Miller

    Remember back to the last Game 7 of the NBA Finals: 2010, Celtics at Lakers. Kobe Bryant was tight. Paul Pierce was tight. The game was played fairly cautiously. Who were the two best players on the court? Probably Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and Rasheed Wallace. The two guys hardwired not to feel…

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