MIAMI - No matter what happens Thursday night, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, and Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs have already won NBA titles and secured a place in history.
Now is their opportunity to elevate it.
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After losing a late lead in Game 6 to the Heat, the San Antonio Spurs attempt to become the first road team in 35 years to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Thursday's decisive matchup with the Miami Heat.
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San Antonio had a five-point lead with 28.1 seconds left in regulation on Tuesday before Miami rallied to force overtime and eventually claim a 103-100 victory.
The Heat haven't won back-to-back games in four weeks.
Miami trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter of Game 6 and the home fans were scurrying to the exits when the Heat were behind by five points in the final half-minute.
But Ray Allen drained the game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left and Miami outplayed San Antonio over the second half of overtime to keep alive its hopes of winning back-to-back titles.
"It's so hard. It's the hardest thing," forward LeBron James said Wednesday of repeating as champion. "I said last year was the hardest thing I've ever done – winning my first. Last year (doesn't) even come close to what we've gone through in this postseason and in these finals."
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The 1978 Washington Bullets were the last team to win a road Game 7 in the NBA Finals, beating the Seattle SuperSonics.
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