mostlycloudy
Sunday July 5th, 2015 8:57AM

Rematch time: Spurs vs. Heat in NBA Finals

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
MIAMI -- A year ago, the Spurs-Heat matchup in the NBA Finals was considered a classic.<br /> <br /> And now, an encore awaits.<br /> <br /> For the first time since 1998, the NBA Finals is a rematch. San Antonio and Miami will decide the league's champion for the second straight season, the Spurs earning their spot Saturday night by beating Oklahoma City 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.<br /> <br /> Miami - the NBA's two-time defending champion - eliminated Indiana from the East finals Friday night, also in six games.<br /> <br /> "The two best teams will meet," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "We're just happy and excited that we're one of the best."<br /> <br /> The Spurs and Heat split two meetings this season, both winning by comfortable margins at home. Game 1 of this year's Finals is Thursday night in San Antonio.<br /> <br /> "It's unbelievable to regain that focus after that devastating loss that we had last year," San Antonio's Tim Duncan said. "But we're back here. We're excited about it. We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time."<br /> <br /> It's the sixth trip to the Finals for San Antonio, which won titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 before falling to the Heat last season in a series that had some unbelievable drama. The Spurs held a 3-2 series lead and were leading by five points with 28.2 seconds left in Game 6 at Miami, before Ray Allen's 3-pointer capped a wild rally and forced overtime, where the Heat ultimately prevailed.<br /> <br /> Miami then won Game 7, 95-88.<br /> <br /> The Heat are heading to the Finals for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall, beating Dallas in 2006, losing to the Mavericks in 2011, then topping Oklahoma City in 2012 and the Spurs last season. The Spurs - who had the league's best regular-season record, 62-20 - are now the eighth franchise in league history with at least six trips to the championship round, and would be just the fourth franchise with as many as five NBA titles.<br /> <br /> "We know we're facing a very talented and tough team and it's going to be rough," the Spurs' Manu Ginobili said. "But of course, we believe in our means and we're going to do our best, as always."<br /> <br /> Both teams have a multi-time Finals MVP. Duncan has won it three times for the Spurs; LeBron James has won it twice for the Heat, and will look to join only Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal on the list of players to receive that award in three consecutive seasons.<br /> <br /> The last Finals rematch came in 1998 when Chicago beat Utah for the last of Jordan's six championships.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 6 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 6 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 6 months ago )
Sports
Pits will be tight as Chili Bowl entry count hits 316
TULSA, OK - The 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire is on track to be a record smashing event, with the entry count climbing over the 300 mark for the first time to 316 entries confirming 303 drivers for the indoor spectacular happening Tuesday, January 13 through Saturday, January 17 at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, OK.
9:59AM ( 6 months ago )
Falcons fire Mike Smith after 2nd straight losing season
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job. Owner Arthur Blank said he fired Smith on Monday because in his "heart of hearts" he didn't believe Smith could take the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
7:58PM ( 6 months ago )
New promoters in place for 2015 at Senoia Raceway
SENOIA, GA - Lease papers have been signed and a team of new promoters is in place for the upcoming stock car racing season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA.
6:00AM ( 6 months ago )
Professional Sports
Maybin stays hot, paces Braves to 2nd straight win over Phillies
Cameron Maybin had three hits, including a home run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 on Saturday night in their best offensive showing in six weeks.
By The Associated Press
9:32AM ( 34 minutes from now )
Richard Petty’s drivers look for more Daytona success
Richard Petty won the summer race at Daytona three times. He won the Daytona 500 seven times. Why the discrepancy? He doesn’t have an answer.
By Jeff Olson-NASCAR Wire Service
8:00AM ( 57 minutes ago )
Austin Dillon survives wild race for Xfinity Daytona win
Austin Dillon led just nine laps Saturday night, including the one that mattered most.
By Jeff Olson-NASCAR Wire Service
1:13AM ( 7 hours ago )
Slam dooms Folty in G-Braves loss
A sixth-inning grand slam by Matt Tuiasosopo spoiled an otherwise impressive performance by right-handed starter Mike Foltynewicz, as he and the Gwinnett Braves fell 5-1 to the Charlotte Knights on Saturday night. A season-high 9,788 fans packed Coolray Field for the Independence Day game.
By AccessWDUN staff
11:01PM ( 9 hours ago )
Rained out qualifying gives Earnhardt, Jr. Daytona pole
The cancellation of qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 inadvertently gave NASCAR a popular pole sitter Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
By Jeff Olson-NASCAR Wire Service
7:02PM ( 13 hours ago )