June 20, 2013

NBA Finals: It's one game for the title, and a legacy

When the Heat and Spurs meet Thursday in Game 7, the winner will earn a place in basketball history.

By BRIAN MAHONEY The Associated Press

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But playing for titles is more expected than celebrated now in Miami, and a 66-win season that included a 27-game winning streak, and perhaps the whole Big Three era, goes down as a failure if the Heat fall Thursday. Yet James said he doesn't need the victory to validate his decision to take his talents to South Beach.

"I mean, I need it because I want it and I only came here -- my only goal is to win championships," he said. "I said it, this is what I came here for. This is what I wanted to be a part of this team for."

He, Wade and Bosh are going for No. 2, while San Antonio is getting a second shot at what would be a fourth together for Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. All their years together have given the Spurs' trio the belief they can bounce back from Tuesday's collapse.

The team went to dinner after the game, Duncan figuring that was better than guys sitting alone with their thoughts in their rooms. Parker and Boris Diaw discussed a similar situation with the French national team in the 2005 European championships, when they blew a late lead against Greece in the semifinals but then came back to beat Spain for the bronze medal.

"We just have to be positive and forget Game 6," Parker said. "It was a great opportunity but that's life. It's basketball and everybody will be ready."

 

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