Game 7 - In a hard fought game, Miami prevailed over San Antonio, 95-88, to win their second consecutive NBA Championship, their third overall. Lebron James led the way with 37 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists, winning his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award. San Antonio blew their chance in Game 6 to win the championship and with the odds stacked against them, they were unable to overcome Miami on the road; this is the first loss in the finals in San Antonio’s history.
Game Recap - The first two quarters were tightly contested. At the end of the half, Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Tony Parker also contributed with 10 points and 3 assists. For Miami, Lebron James led the way with 15 points and 3 rebounds and Dwayne Wade contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Miami went into the half with the lead, 46-44.
3rd quarter - For the first half of the third quarter, both teams were exchanging baskets. San Antonio tied the game on many occasions and finally took a one point lead with a Danny Green three, 57-56, at the 5:27 mark. Before that shot, Danny Green was 0-7 from the field. Lebron James responds with a three of his own to put Miami back up by two points at the 4:26 mark. Miami pushes the lead up to five points off another Lebron James three. San Antonio makes a late push with a Diaw three and a Duncan layup to regain the lead by 1, 65-64, with 2:40 left to go in the quarter. Both teams exchange baskets and Chalmers hits a three at the buzzer to give Miami a 72-71 lead going into the 4th quarter.
4th quarter - Miami starts the fourth quarter strong with a three from Shane Battier to increase Miami’s lead to four points. San Antonio hangs in, keeping the deficit between two and four points until Wade puts Miami up by six points at the 7:13 mark, 81-75. Manu Ginobili cuts the lead down to four points, then Lebron James responds with another basket to put the lead back up to six points and force San Antonio to call a timeout at the 5:37 mark, 83-77. San Antonio makes a late push to try and regain the lead from Miami. After a Miami timeout, Wade pushes the lead back up to 5 with 2:56 to go in the 4th, 90-85. Both San Antonio and Miami miss shots on the next two possessions. Danny Green grabs the rebound off a Lebron James miss and Kawhi Leonard nails a three at the 2:00 mark to cut the lead to two points, 88-90. San Antonio had a couple chances to take the lead, Kawhi Leonard misses a three after Chalmers blew two free throws and Tim Duncan had an excellent chance to tie the game with a missed hook shot and put back. Lebron James put the game out of reach with a huge shot with 27.9 seconds to go to push the lead back up to 4 points, 92-88. On the next possession, Ginobili turns over the ball, and Miami are able to hold on to the win, 95-88.
Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard also had a huge game with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Ginobili also contributed with 18 points. Tony Parker was held scoreless in the 2nd half and he only finished with 10 points.
Miami also had huge games from Dwayne Wade with 23 points and 10 rebounds and a unexpected 18 points off the bench from Shane Battier. Chalmers also contributed with 14 points and Bosh had a disappointing game statistically with no points and only two rebounds.
This year has been a great season of basketball and this year’s finals proved to be one of the best I’ve watched in a long time. Hopefully next season will be even better!
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