By Dave Johnson
The Washington Bullets really were something else. With the Heat’s 95-88 win over San Antonio Thursday in Miami, the 1978 world champions are still the last road team to win a game seven of the NBA Finals.
There was little doubt the Spurs would responded after their heartbreaking loss in game six. With veteran leaders like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs did not seem rattled after losing a lead in the final minute and the game in overtime. Instead, game seven kept us riveted until the end.
Every time the Heat showed signs of pulling away, the Spurs had an answer. There were plenty of punches and counterpunches in this game and in the series. The Spurs seemed set to go into the fourth quarter with a two-point lead. Instead Mario Chalmers banked a three-point shot from 30 feet to allow the Heat to close the third quarter with a 72-71 lead.
It was that kind of night. The Spurs competed. The Heat just had a little bit more.
The Spurs loss also reminded us of the accomplishment the 1978 Bullets. There have only been six game sevens in the NBA Finals since 1978, but each time the home team has been able to celebrate with their fans.
So here’s to the 1978 Bullets. Today we offer some memories with two features…enjoy!1978 Bullets #1:
1978 Bullets part 2:
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