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Title:The 6 WILDEST Comebacks In NBA Finals History

The NBA has seen its fair share of epic comebacks. In fact, epic turnarounds such as the Los Angeles Lakers’ win against the Hornets in 2013 in which the Kobe Brant-led team overcame a 25-point deficit or the Houston Rockets’ come-from-behind victory against the San Antonio Spurs in 2004, in which Tracy McGrady had 13 points in 33 seconds are among the key reasons why fans are drawn to the game. However, there is something more special when a comeback happens on the greatest stage of them all, the Finals, when all the chips are in the middle and when legacies can be made, saved or erased. Today, we take a look at some of the greatest comebacks in NBA Finals history. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let's get into it. Most of us remember the 2006 NBA Finals as Dwayne Wade’s coming out party. Others, especially Mark Cuban and people in Dallas, remember what they refer to as unfair officiating. But a lot of people forget that the Mavericks had a stranglehold on the series after two games, both home wins. When the series shifted to Miami, the home team, which also included Shaq, Gary Payton, and Antoine Walker, to name a few, had a somewhat comfortable 52-43 lead at the half. They had no idea what was coming, though. In the third, Dallas outscored them 34-16, with Dirk Nowitzki (10 points), Josh Howard (11), and Erick Dampier (7) looking downright on a mission. Afterwards, when Jason Terry scored to give the visitors an 89-76 lead at the 6:30 mark of the fourth quarter, Cuban was probably making plans for a parade. Wade, however, had different plans. Pat Riley has said that the guard gritted his teeth in a timeout huddle and said: “I ain’t going out like this.” Wade started to put on a scoring clinic, while the Heat’s defence increased its intensity. In just 3 minutes, the home side had cut the lead to three, 91-88. After a missed 3-pointer by Jason Williams, Shaq grabbed the rebound and was fouled. With the Mavs up 93-88 and 1:48 to go, the Diesel, surprisingly to almost everyone, made both. In the final minute, when Devin Harris tied the game at 95 apiece with 33.5 seconds to go after Miami’s run had continued, everybody knew the ball was going in Wade’s hands. But a solid Mavs defence forced the ball to Payton, who hit perhaps the most important shot of his career as the 24-second shot clock expired. Miami lead 97-95 with 9.3 seconds remaining. So, when Nowitzki was fouled and went to the line for two with 3.4 seconds to go, everyone assumed the game would be tied. But the German, tho always stellar from the line, missed the second. Wade grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He also went to the line and missed the second. However, he redeemed himself when he knocked away the ball on the last possession, preventing an alley-oop to Josh Howard that would have sent the game to overtime. From that point on, Miami never looked back, and won 4 straight games to eventually win the NBA champhionship. Five years after the thrilling Finals, the Mavs and the Heat would meet again. Though these were mostly different groups, the stars of 2006, Nowitzki for the Mavs and Wade for the Heat, were still there. This time, however, Miami, with LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the mix, was expected to cruise to the title. After Game 1, a comfortable Heat win in Florida, Pat Riley had all the reasons to be happy. In Game 2, when the Heat once again gave the Mavs all they could handle in the first 41 minutes of the game, the first title for LeBron was supposed to be a foregone conclusion. A 13-0 run gave the Heat an 88-73 lead with 7 minutes to go. But Nowtzki and Jet, though still impacted by the 2006 experience, wouldn’t back down. Helped by Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, and stellar off-ball work by Tyson Chandler, the Mavs cut the lead little by little and eventually tied the game at 90 a piece, thanks in no small part to some questionable hero-ball decisions by the Heat. Unfazed, Dalas continued and even took the lead after a three pointer by Dirk. The madness would continue however, as, after a timeout, Mario Chalmers responded with a corner three of his own. With 24.5 seconds left, Dirk, who looked more comfortable this time around when compared to his 2006 version, took his time and attacked the basket with a lefty layup off the glass. The Heat, without timeouts, had just 3.6 seconds, and Wade missed a difficult three pointer at the buzzer. Though Miami would win Game 3 in Dallas, Game 2 was most likely what exposed the Heat’s weaknesses and made them vulnerable. That would show later on in the series, especially when it comes to LeBron, who had his worst Finals ever. The Mavs capitalised on that and won the series 4-2 for their first championship.


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