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Seven Memorable Moments From the Past Seven NBA Finals

Seven Memorable Moments From the Past Seven NBA Finals

Seven Memorable Moments From the Past Seven NBA Finals

The past seven NBA Finals were pretty eventful, give or take a few games. Let's keep the seven theme going.

Why seven? The last time the Warriors were in the NBA Finals it was 1975 when they swept the Washington Bullets. The last time the Cavaliers were in the finals it was 2007 and they were swept by the Spurs. The number seven is an overwhelming theme with these two teams, well that and four. 

As we feast our eyes on the big stage as Stephen Curry tries to lead the Warriors to the first championship in 40 years against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, let's take a look back at the past seven.

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The past seven NBA Finals were pretty eventful, give or take a few games. Let's keep the seven theme going.

Why seven? The last time the Warriors were in the NBA Finals it was 1975 when they swept the Washington Bullets. The last time the Cavaliers were in the finals it was 2007 and they were swept by the Spurs. The number seven is an overwhelming theme with these two teams, well that and four. 

As we feast our eyes on the big stage as Stephen Curry tries to lead the Warriors to the first championship in 40 years against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, let's take a look back at the past seven.

2014 - Spurs vs. Heat

In Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals, Spurs star Kawhi Leonard took over. The eventual Finals MVP took it upon himself to guide the Spurs to a pivotal win on Miami's home court. He finished with 29 points, but the main feat was his defense on LeBron James. Not an easy task by any means. Spurs won the series, 4-1.

2013 - Spurs vs. Heat

The infamous series when people around the world figured out the truth about Heat fans. From Game 6 on, they would always be known as "fairweather fans." Many of them piled out of the American Airlines Arena their team fell behind. Already down 3-2 in the series, the Heat thought it was over. Then they remember they had Ray Allen on their team. He knocked down a game-tying three and sent the game in the overtime, and the Heat went on to win in 7.

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2012 - Thunder vs. Heat

The Thunder vs. Heat series was not what many were expecting. The Heat ended up winning 4-1, but there were a lot of close games. It was exciting that any of those games could've gone either way.

Kevin Durant took charge of Game 1 and after that game many people wondered if the Heat had anything to stop him (short answer, they could).

2011 - Mavericks vs. Heat

Everyone loves a good comeback. In Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals, the Mavericks stormed back to win against the Heat. It was a series-changer and the Mavericks won the series four games to two.  

2010 - Lakers vs. Celtics

Game 7 against the two most-storied franchises in the NBA did not disappoint. Lakers vs. Celtics, in a rematch from 2008, game down to the very last minute. With the Lakers up by three, many people thought Kobe Bryant was going to dribble to the basket and create contact. He went the less conventional route and passed to Ron Artest of all people. 

Lakers won and Artest was the savior in Los Angeles for a short period after that.

2009 - Lakers vs. Magic

The Lakers were up in the series, 2-1 and Game 4 proved to be a pivotal one against the Magic. Dwight Howard & Co. had the Lakers right where they wanted them in the fourth. In the last minute, Kobe Bryant droved and dished to Pau Gasol, bringing them within three.

Derek Fisher broke his poor shooting slump at just the right time. Ten seconds left, he brings the ball up, stops, and shoots in Jameer Nelson's face to tie and eventually send the game into overtime. You can probably guess what happened; Bryant with a pass to Fisher for yet another three to cement the game. That was pretty much the end of the series right there as the Lakers won 4-1. 

2008 - Lakers vs. Celtics

Game 1 between the Lakers and the Celtics was fueled by the return of Paul Pierce. After going down in dramatic fashion, Pierce had to be taken to the locker room, crying and all. "The Truth" then comes running back out and the crowd goes wild.