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  1. Heat/Spurs Game 7 draws big ratings for ABC

    Jun 21, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Fans Watch Final Game Of NBA Finals

    After a slow start, America came around to watching one of the best series finals we have seen in a long time. Thursday night’s Game 7 drew 26.3 million viewers — the second most ever for an ABC televised game. The only game that had more viewers was Game 7 of the 2010 Finals between…

  2. NBA Finals Game 7 micro-movie

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    This was as fun an NBA Finals as we have had in a long time. Both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played at a high level, both sides showed heart, and all of that came through in Game 7. I am going to have withdrawals now that this series is over. So let’s…

  3. PBT Extra: Are the Heat a dynasty? Can they three-peat?

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Today on PBT Extra we look back at the Miami Heat and their back-to-back NBA Finals wins. Kay Adams asks if they are a dynasty? I don’t know, I do know that we spend more time defining and re-defining the instant legacy of LeBron James and the Miami Heat than we have any of the…

  4. Drake tried to get into Heat locker room, was blocked by security (VIDEO)

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Trust my first hand knowledge on this — getting into the locker room of an NBA Championship team on the night they clinch the title is insanely difficult (even if you have the right credentials). There is a crush of people. It would be easier for Shaq to fit into a Mini Cooper. But Drake…

  5. Trophy presentation time: Heat get Larry O’Brien, LeBron gets MVP (VIDEO)

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    This is the last time David Stern is ever going to be up on the podium handing out the Larry O’Brien Trophy and saying “champeens.” Go ahead and be sentimental about that. Above is the video of the trophy presentation, following the Spurs 95-88Game 7 win. You also get to see LeBron James get the…

  6. Your unexpected hero: Shane Battier drains six three-pointers in Heat win

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:28 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    “Reports of my demise were premature. That’s my opening statement.” Those were the first words Shane Battier spoke when he went to the podium in the interview room after playing a key role in the Heat’s 95-88 Game 7 win over the Spurs. The last Game 7 the Heat were in — a couple weeks…

  7. Old-school Spurs earn extra measure of respect in defeat.

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Youth may ultimately have been served, but age earned a lot of respect. Yes, the younger and more athletic core of the Miami Heat won another NBA title, but the older core of the San Antonio Spurs reminded everyone just how beautiful well played team basketball can look like. And how far it can take…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Yes, LeBron is going to wear his headband. That should decide Game 7.

    Jun 20, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Clearly, Game 7 of the NBA Finals — and with that the entirety of LeBron James’ basketball legacy, the future of the Miami Heat franchise, and the fate of the entire NBA — hinges on one simple question: Will LeBron James go back to wearing his headband in Game 7? “I’ll probably start off with…

  11. PBT Extra: Previewing Heat/Spurs NBA Finals Game 7

    Jun 19, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It doesn’t get any better than this. Kay Adams and I take a look forward to Thursday night’s game with a quick look back at Game 6 (no, Chris Bosh should not have been called for a foul on that last shot) then we start talking about how tired…

  12. Big television ratings for Game 6… Game 7 might be huge

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

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

    As a series moves deeper ratings go up — and Game 6 lived up to that, with a huge jump in viewership for ABC. An estimated 16.8 million people — a 14.7 rating — tuned in to watch Game 6, ESPN announced. The previous high this series had been 11.4 million viewers for a game…

  13. Game 6 was not Gregg Popovich’s best night

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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

    Gregg Popovich is the best coach in basketball right now. One of the best of all time. He has four rings and built a culture in San Antonio that has them in NBA Finals 14 years apart and with consistent 50+ win seasons in between. But he is not perfect. He made a couple decisions…

  14. LeBron calls Game 6 “best game I’ve ever been a part of”

    Jun 19, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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

    That was an epic Game 6. There was great play from both sides, huge shots by Ray Allen and Tony Parker and LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard and… I could go on and on. The players knew it was a great game, too. These are some highlights from the postgame press conferences where they talk…

  15. LeBron James takes over when headband comes off

    Jun 19, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    With the Heat season on the brink LeBron James needed to change things up… He ditched the headband. Not exactly ditched, but late in the game LeBron’s headband was knocked off — and then he went off. LeBron played a key stretch of the fourth quarter then all of overtime without it. Couper Moorehead of…

  16. Watch highlights from a classic fourth quarter (VIDEO)

    Jun 19, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

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

    That was as great a fourth quarter, as great an NBA Finals fame as you are likely to see. Miami started the quarter down 10 but LeBron James goes on a tear after getting his headband knocked off. The Heat come all the way back to take the lead, then Tony Parker drains a three…

  17. LeBron James gets another triple-double, now favorite for Finals MVP

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:35 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    You’ll have to excuses ESPN for not mentioning LeBron James achieving a triple-double during the Heat’s 103-100 win over the Spurs until Game 6 ended. LeBron grabbed his 10th rebound – capping a 32-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound, three-steal game – on Chris Bosh’s block of Tony Parker’s jumper with 31 seconds left, setting off a whirlwind…

  18. Who saved Miami’s bacon at end of Game 6? Chris Bosh.

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:33 AM EDT

    Heat's Bosh reacts after making a basket against the Spurs in overtime in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    At shootaround on Tuesday before Game 6, Chris Bosh said that hot shooting Spur Danny Green wasn’t going to get clean looks at threes. Then, with the Spurs having one last shot in overtime to tie the game, Bosh made sure his words were good by blocking a Green desperation three to tie the game.…

  19. Spurs execution fails them when it matters most. Can they get it back for Game 7?

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    For three quarters of Game 6, as it has been for much of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs execution was just too much for the Heat to handle — the Spurs shot 50 percent, they played smart defense, they moved the ball, Tim Duncan was playing like a man possessed with 30 points…

  20. NBA Finals Game 6: Heat comeback in fourth, win in overtime to force Game 7

    Jun 18, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    That was a great game. And Game 7 sets up to be something special. For three quarters San Antonio’s execution was too much for Miami and the Spurs entered the fourth up 10 (75-65) and just 12 minutes away from a title. Tim Duncan had been a force, with countermoves spinning Chris Bosh around and…

  21. Expect to see some Birdman back in Heat rotation Tuesday

    Jun 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-TRAINING

    Miami has gone very small against the Spurs — and it worked at first, the Heat won a game and forced the Spurs to adjust to them. However a consequence of that has been Chris Andersen has slid out of the rotation. The Birdman’s size was key against the large Pacers front line last series,…

  22. Chris Bosh says Heat need to “hit them in the mouth” (VIDEO)

    Jun 18, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Chris Bosh reacts during play against the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    I know, there’s some irony to Chris Bosh talking about physical play. But the thing is, he’s right — the Miami Heat have to come out with their best defensive effort they are not going on to a Game 7. They need to stick with shooters on the perimeter, make crisp rotations and stop cheating…

  23. PBT Extra: Talking Duncan, LeBron legacies; plus Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan LeBron James

    Legacies are always on the line in the NBA Finals. I wrote about that earlier and Kay Adams and I talk about the impact of legacy if the San Antonio Spurs win Game 6 Tuesday night. She also calls me out for that Heat is 6 prediction. As she should.

  24. Chris Bosh says Danny Green won’t get open looks in Game 6

    Jun 18, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    Danny Green has been on fire, setting a record with 25 three pointers made — he’s passed Ray Allen and has the record for most threes in the NBA Finals. He just doesn’t seem to miss, having shot 65.8 percent from deep this series. What is stunning is the quality of looks he’s getting —…

  25. If Spurs win, it is LeBron’s legacy that will take biggest hit

    Jun 18, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game 5

    Only LeBron James could average 21.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.2 steals a game through the NBA Finals and look like he is being passive and not doing enough. He has for much of the NBA Finals looked like the physically best player on the floor but one that couldn’t impose his will…

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