Recap: 2013 NBA Finals Part 3 of 3

Game 6: Clutch Game

11:49:29 PM | 6/20/2013 | Thursday

Of all the games that went on for this year’s NBA Finals, this seems that the Game 6 was the best of them all so far.

Look, Tim Duncan played the first half as if he was not on his 37-year-old self. How about a 25-point and 8-rebound effort, for the 15 year veteran? And that stat was before halftime, by the way.

Second half, we saw the old LeBron, the more energized one, the one that really carried the team on his shoulders like the way he did on his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers? He scored more than 20 of his 32 points came on the second half and overtime, despite committing huge mistakes down the stretch. He had a triple double to accompany his usual large number of markers.

Tony Parker was also on his old clutching self. He made big buckets that turned the score on their favor. Momentarily, ‘coz it was really a see-saw battle during the game’s crunch time. The Heat rallied all the way from 17 down, and held a slim edge, only to lose them for a while (the Spurs led by 5, with a little time left – less than minute to be exact).

But come on, Manu appeared that he had the biggest mistake of them all. Crucial turnovers killed their hopes of nailing the big one, and the biggest ones were accountable on his possession.

Game 7: The King’s Ascension to the Throne

11:54:22 PM | 6/24/2013 | Monday

It was for all the marbles. It’s more known as the do-or-die match, or sudden death, or much simpler term, “the decider.” This is the Game 7 of the Championship series of the National Basketball Association between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The very last game of the 2012-2013 NBA season. One last game to play. One last game to watch. To witness the last two teams standing at that point.

One will rise and one will fall. One will earn a legitimate bragging right, one will lose it. One will rise in the history, while the other falls and will end their season on a broken note, as both legacies will be on the line. There’s no such thing as “records,” “statistics,” and even the so-called “winning tradition.”

And it was a hell of a game, just like what the previous Game 7 is really all about, from the opening minute to its dying seconds. Defense took its toll on both teams. And the ones, who can withstand the defensive wall, are the ones that are capable to break that barrier to score buckets and make plays. Stars arose from their respective shadows. Though only few of them really managed to ascend to their respective thrones.

Shane Battier was a hero in perfect timing, collecting 6 triples with some of them coming off from James’ assists. LeBron James dialed 10 times from long distance and got connected on  5 of them. He finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

At the end, the Miami Heat scored a 95-88 win to claim the trophy of championship and take home the glory in their hands. It all came from the expense of a winning team known as San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan’s 24 points and 12 rebounds, almost the same stats he got from a Game 7 against Detroit – and that was 8 years ago. Kawhi Leonard was also a potential Finals MVP with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Plainly, the defending champions did a great job in their main task for this season – that is defending their title. That is despite the rising level of competition above them, with powerhouse, dark horse, elite and underdog squads emerged.

Can they go for 3-peat? We’ll find that out in late October. For the mean time, congratulations for the Miami Heat!

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