Game Seven News
For the 12th time in his career, LeBron James leads his team into an elimination game. The Miami Heat are looking to win their second straight title in Game Seven, while the San Antonio Spurs haven’t won a championship since 2007 but have never lost an NBA Finals series.
While the Spurs haven’t lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in six years, their core has experienced a Game Seven in the Finals. In 2005, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 56 of the Spurs 81 points in their clinching victory over the Detroit Pistons. History is working against the Spurs, as there has never has been a road team to win in a Game Seven since the NBA implemented the 2-3-2 format.
Ray Allen is the only player on Miami to ever play in a Finals Game Seven. The veteran sharpshooter was a key figure for the Boston Celtics before joining the Heat.
Thursday night may be a first for James, but he’s been an all-time great in playoff elimination games. He holds the NBA record by averaging 31.5 points per game in such situations. He averages a double-double, with 10 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. When James’s teams must win in the postseason, he sits only 3.5 minutes per contest.
With no more games to be played after Thursday, Duncan and Parker could see their minutes increase. The two veterans have sat 13 minutes per game in the Finals. They were on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter in Game Six when the Heat made their big comeback.
Miami Big Three In 2013 NBA Finals
LeBron James: 23.3 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 7.5 APG, 43.3 FG%
Dwyane Wade: 19 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46.7 FG%
Chris Bosh: 13.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49.3 FG%
San Antonio Big Three In 2013 NBA Finals
Tim Duncan: 18.0 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50.0 FG%
Tony Parker: 16.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 6.8 APG, 43.3 FG%
Manu Ginobili: 10.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 4.2 RPG, 41.7 FG%
Game 1: San Antonio 92, Miami 88
Game 2: Miami 103, San Antonio 84
Game 3: San Antonio 113, Miami 77
Game 4: Miami 103, San Antonio 84
Game 5: San Antonio 114, Miami 104
Game 6: Miami 103, San Antonio 100
Game 7: at Miami, Thursday, June 20, 9 p.m. ET, ABC