The Pryor Times


June 20, 2013

The Porter Report

Veterans' day

PRYOR, OK — The two sweetest words for sports fans are Game Seven.

After a wild sixth game in the NBA Finals Tuesday night, that's exactly where we're headed.

It was a night for throwbacks, starting with 37-year-old San Antonio forward Tim Duncan's incredible first half. Duncan went for 25 points and eight boards in the first 24 minutes — more points than he'd racked up in a full Finals game in 2013.

LeBron James had a triple-double, leading his adopted Heat back all the way back from 10 down to start the fourth quarter and five down with two minutes to go.

Miami's Ray Allen — who was on the court for the Celtics in 2010, the last time the Finals went to a seventh game — fittingly nailed the corner 3 with five seconds on the clock to force overtime.

The new kids on the block took a back seat to the established talent on Tuesday night. Take Spurs guard Danny Green, for instance.

Green, a strong candidate for Finals MVP should the Spurs pull out the win in Game 7, shot a blazing 26-for-38 from deep through five games in the Finals to best Allen's old record of 22 makes.

Allen got the last laugh, though, as Green went 1-for-5 from 3-point land and Allen forced OT with his clutch bucket.

Green's last 3-point attempt, and the last shot of the game, could have sent the game to a second extra period but was emphatically blocked by Chris Bosh.

It doesn't take a mathematician to see the symmetry between Green and Allen, who will be forever linked thanks to this electrifying Finals.

Second-year Spurs wingman Kawhi Leonard played phenomenally — I think he got a double-double — but didn't come through in the most important moments, missing the first of two free throws at the end of regulation that could have given San Antonio a four-point lead and the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Instead, it opened the door for Allen's late heroics.

Who will win Game 7 is anybody's guess. Neither team has strung together a winning streak so far in the Finals, and neither team has successfully defended its home court in every game.

The Heat have the best player, the Spurs the best coach and the most experience. The Heat have a chance to build a dynasty, the Spurs a chance to cement their own.

Either way, I know what the best show on TV will be Thursday night.

It's rare that the NBA Finals (or the World Series or Stanley Cup, for that matter) come down to just one game, but here we are.

Let's enjoy it.

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