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Encyclopedia > 2007 NBA Finals

The 2007 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2006-07 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This was Cleveland's first trip to the NBA Finals in their franchise history and San Antonio's fourth. The Spurs swept the Cavaliers 4-0. Tony Parker was named the series' MVP. The series was televised on ABC under the ESPN on ABC branding. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... ABC Sports redirects here. ...

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Background

Main article: 2007 NBA Playoffs

The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ...

San Antonio Spurs

The previous season saw the San Antonio Spurs drop a heartbreaking seventh game at home to the rival Dallas Mavericks in the second round. As the new season began, the Spurs saw the Mavericks rolling through their regular season, on their way to a franchise best 67 win campaign. Meanwhile, the Spurs struggled through their season through January. With the main focus lying on Dallas, and the Phoenix Suns, the Spurs found themselves flying under the radar. However, the Spurs used a late season surge en route to a 58-24 regular season record, good enough for third seed in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


In the playoffs, the Spurs met the Denver Nuggets and their duo of Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. Although the Nuggets took Game One, the Spurs rallied off 4 straight wins to take the series in five games. As San Antonio prepared to face off against the second seed Phoenix Suns, the top ranked Dallas Mavericks suffered a stunning first round exit at the hand of the Golden State Warriors. With the Mavs gone, the stakes of the Suns-Spurs series shot up dramatically, and the result was a closely competitive and controversial series. For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984)) is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the USA National Team. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ...


The Suns, due to their better season record, had homecourt advantage, but that would not last past Game One. In a hotly contested battle of Western Conference heavyweights, each team tried to deliver a knockout blow to the other. The Spurs finally landed it, but by accident. With the game in the balance Tony Parker and Steve Nash collided head-to-head. A large gash opened along Nash's nose and though the medical staff tried admirably, they could not stop the bleeding and he was forced to sit the final 45 seconds and watch as the Spurs won game one 111-106. Game Two saw the Suns rebound and blow out the Spurs to a 101-81 beating. After this game, Suns center Amare Stoudemire labeled the Spurs a dirty team. Game Three switched back to San Antonio and saw a return of the physical play, resulting in Manu Ginobili receiving a bruised and bloodied eye and Nash being kneed in the groin by Bruce Bowen. But Tim Duncan would not be denied and led the Spurs to a 108-101 victory. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Steven John Nash, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Amare Carsares Stoudemire (born November 16, 1982 in Lake Wales, Florida) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns and the USA National Team. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ...


Games Four and Five were the most controversial of the series. The Spurs, after being comfortably in control of Game Four, saw their 11-point fourth quarter lead dwindle away, to a 2-point Suns lead. With 18 seconds left Robert Horry pushed Steve Nash into the scorers table. Nash's teammates jumped to his defense; during the ensuing altercation, Stoudemire and Boris Diaw left the bench heading toward the altercation. Their action violated NBA rules, resulting in the decision by league commissioner David Stern to suspend both players for Game Five (Horry was also suspended two games for his flagrant foul against Nash). In Game Five, played in Phoenix, the short-handed Suns jumped out early and enjoyed a 16 point lead on the Spurs, but in a reversal of Game Four, this time the Spurs came back in the final seconds and won the game 88-85, giving San Antonio a 3-2 series lead. Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ... Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, (born April 16, 1982 in Cormeilles, France) is a French professional basketball player for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ...


The Spurs won Game Six of the series 114-106 in San Antonio, sending them to their fifth Western Conference Finals since 1999.


San Antonio went on to beat the Utah Jazz in five games to advance to the franchise's fourth NBA Finals. The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


Cleveland Cavaliers

In the replay of last year's playoff with the Cavs holding homecourt advantage against Washington Wizards, the Cavs took care of the Wizards in a four game sweep after the season ending injuries of both Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. In the second round of the playoffs the Cavs faced off against the New Jersey Nets. Again the Cavs had homecourt and battled with the Nets through 6 games before becoming victorious in the series. The Cavs for only the third time in franchise history were moving on to the Conference Finals, and this time they were facing a familiar foe. The Detroit Pistons, the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, with their homecourt advantage, were waiting for the Cavs. This was the same Detroit team that knocked the Cavs out of the second round last year. The expectations were high after a long 7 game series the previous year and these two teams would not disappoint. The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ... James Caron Butler, known as Caron Butler (pronounced Kuh-RONN) (born March 13, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin), is an American professional basketball player, currently starting at small forward for the NBAs Washington Wizards. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


The first two games were close and saw Cleveland fall by identical 79-76 scores. Down 0-2 in the series, the spotlight shifted back to Cleveland and LeBron James. Another hard fought set ensued, with the Cavs taking the two games at home 88-82 and 91-87 respectively. Game 5 switched back to Detroit and produced one of the greatest moments in NBA history. LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


With 6:14 to go in regulation and his team clinging to a one point 79-78 lead, LeBron James took over. He scored 11 of the final 12 points to end regulation tied 91-91. In the 1st overtime, LeBron scored all 9 of the Cavaliers points ending this period tied 100-100. In the 2nd overtime, LeBron again scored all 9 of the teams points to win game five 109-107. Thus, in the last 16:14 of play, LeBron scored the Cavaliers' last 25 points and 29 of the last 30 points.


The Cavaliers beat the Pistons at home in Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the franchise's first ever trip to NBA Finals. Cleveland became the third team in NBA history to win a best-of-seven Conference Final after going down 0-2 in a series.


Regular season series

The Cleveland Cavaliers won both games in the regular season series: The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...

November 3 Cleveland Cavaliers 88, San Antonio Spurs 81 AT&T Center, San Antonio ESPN
January 2 San Antonio Spurs 78, Cleveland Cavaliers 82 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland NBA TV

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Format

The Finals are played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format. In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...


The best-of-seven series began on June 7, 2007, with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs playing the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Because the San Antonio Spurs had a better regular season win-loss record, they had home court advantage. There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ...


Broadcast notes

See also: NBA on ABC and NBA on ESPN

Coverage was produced by ESPN and televised on ABC in the United States, TSN in Canada, Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, Canal+ in France, Premiere in Germany, and more than 100 other broadcasters in over 200 countries. The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Sports Network (commonly known as TSN) is a Canadian cable television specialty channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... Canal+ (Canal Plus, meaning Channel Plus/More in French) is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. ... Premiere is the first German Pay-TV company, offering several channels of digital content via satellite and cable. ...


Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen, analysts Mark Jackson & former Rockets head-coach Jeff Van Gundy, and courtside reporters Michele Tafoya & Stuart Scott provided commentary and analysis for the North American market. Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... Mike Breen(born June 26, 1965) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... Mark Jackson may refer to: Mark Jacko Jackson (born 1959), Australian Rules footballer, actor Mark Jackson (basketball) (born 1965), American basketball player Mark Jackson (football player), American footballer Mark Jackson (footballer), English footballer Mark Jackson (musician), of the UK band VNV Nation Mark Jackson (politician), American politician Mark Jackson (businessman... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ... Michelle Tafoya doing her job for the cameras. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ...


Ratings

See also: National Basketball Association Nielsen ratings

According to ESPN, the NBA Finals series was a television bust in the United States. [1] San Antonio's four-game sweep of Cleveland finished with a record-low 6.2 television rating and 11 share on ABC, Nielsen Media Research said on June 15, 2007. The National Basketball Association has achieved a rapid rise and fall in television ratings since from the 1997-1998 NBA season, when ratings for the NBA Finals achieved a record high, to the 2002-2003 NBA season, when ratings for the same event hit an all-time record low. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


That was down 27 percent from the 8.5/15 for Miami's six-game victory over Dallas from the previous year and 5 percent under the previous low, a 6.5/12 for San Antonio's six-game win over New Jersey in 2003. The NBA Finals averaged 9.3 million viewers this year. The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. ...


San Antonio's series-winning 83-82 victory on Thursday night got a 6.5/12, down 17 percent from the 7.8/14 for Game 4 in 2006.


The ratings of the 2007 NBA Finals surpassed that of the 2003 NBA Finals as the lowest-rated series in NBA Finals history. It is suggested that these poor ratings have been attributed to numerous things, such as the fact that Cleveland and San Antonio are generally smaller markets in comparison to Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Detroit, cities that recently had their NBA teams in the Finals.[citation needed] The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Bexar County Government  - Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - City  412. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


Additionally, many critics believe the Spurs outmatched the Cavaliers and made the series into a low scoring, defensive battle. The series was to bill LeBron James at the highest point in his career. He did account for a vast majority of the Cavaliers' performance in the playoffs, however, he struggled throughout the Finals against the Spurs' superb defense.[citation needed] LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Additionally, ESPN on ABC's coverage of the Finals placed far more emphasis on the legacy of the game. More was seemingly directed towards league stars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, three players responsible for the leagues success in the 1980s and 1990s. Not to mention, the increased emphasis celebrity and cross-network promotion. For instance, Eva Longoria, star of ABC's Desperate Housewives and then-fiancee of Spurs' Point Guard Tony Parker was featured at times during the games.[citation needed] This article is about the former basketball player. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... For the baseball player with a similar name, see Evan Longoria. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama series, created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as show runner, and produced by ABC Studios - The Walt Disney Companys main television studio - and Cherry Productions. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ...


Playoff rosters

San Antonio Spurs
2007 Championship Roster
SG 17 Flag of the United States Brent Barry (Oregon State)
PF 15 Flag of the United States Matt Bonner (Florida)
SF 12 Flag of the United States Bruce Bowen (Cal State Fullerton)
PF/C 45 Flag of the United States Jackie Butler (Coastal Christian Academy (VA))
PF 21 Flag of the United States Virgin Islands Tim Duncan - Captain (Wake Forest)
C 16 Flag of the Netherlands Francisco Elson (The Netherlands)
PG 50 Flag of the United States Gangell Christian (UCLA University)

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4 Flag of the United States Michael Finley (Wisconsin)
SG 20 Flag of Argentina Manu Ginobili (Argentina)
PF 5 Flag of the United States Robert Horry (Alabama)
PF/C 7 Flag of Argentina Fabricio Oberto (Argentina)
PG 9 Flag of France Tony Parker (France)
PG 14 Flag of Slovenia Beno Udrih (Slovenia)
PG 11 Flag of the United States Jacque Vaughn (Kansas)
G/F 33 Flag of the United States James White (Cincinnati)
Cleveland Cavaliers
2007 Finals Roster
PG/SG 6 Flag of the United States Shannon Brown (Michigan State)
PG/SG 1 Flag of the United States Daniel Gibson (Texas)
PF 90 Flag of the United States Drew Gooden (Kansas)
PG 32 Flag of the United States Larry Hughes (Saint Louis)
C 11 Flag of Lithuania Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (Lithuania)
SF 23 Flag of the United States LeBron James - Captain (St. Vincent-St. Mary HS,
Akron, OH)
PG 19 Flag of the United States Damon Jones (Houston)
PF/C 27 Flag of the United States Dwayne Jones (Saint Joseph's)
SF/PF 24 Flag of the United States Donyell Marshall (Connecticut)
SF 14 Flag of the United States Ira Newble (Miami (OH))
SF/SG 3 Flag of Serbia Sasha Pavlović (Serbia)
PF/C 31 Flag of the United States Scot Pollard (Kansas)
PG 20 Flag of the United States Eric Snow - Captain (Michigan State)
PF/C 17 Flag of Brazil Anderson Varejão (Brazil)
SG/PG 4 Flag of the United States David Wesley (Baylor)

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Game summaries

Game 1

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers entered the 2007 Finals as newcomers. Game 1 was the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and the first for each of its players (other than reserve point guard Eric Snow). However, the San Antonio Spurs had been to the Finals in three of the past eight seasons, winning a championship each time. With solid performances by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs won the series opener in convincing fashion, limiting LeBron James to 14 points on 4-16 shooting. LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Eric Snow (born April 24, 1973 in Canton, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. Snow began his basketball career at Canton McKinley High School, where he played with classmate and former NBA player Michael Hawkins. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ...

June 7
9:00 p.m. ET
1 Cleveland Cavaliers 76, San Antonio Spurs 85 AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Ken Mauer, Mike Callahan, Steve Javie
ABC, ABCHD, TSN, Canal 7, Canal+, ESPN Brasil
Scoring by quarter: 15-20, 20-20, 14-24, 27-21
Pts: Gibson 16, James 14
Rebs: James 7, Ilgauskas 6
Assts: James, Gibson 4 each
TOs: LeBron James 6
Pts: Parker 27, Duncan 24
Rebs: Duncan 13, Ginobili 8
Assts: Tony Parker 7
Blks: Tim Duncan 5

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Game 2

The Spurs took a stranglehold on momentum in Game 2. The Spurs big three overwhelmed the Cavs and the Spurs led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. They absolutely dominated game during first 3 quarters and played show-time basketball. A furious 25-6 rally by Cleveland in the final quarter wasn't enough as the Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the series.

June 10
9:00 p.m. ET
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 92, San Antonio Spurs 103 AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta , Jim Clark , Joe Derosa
ABC, ABCHD, TSN, Canal 7, Canal+, ESPN Brasil
Scoring by quarter: 17-28, 16-30, 29-31, 30-14
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Anderson Varejao 10
Assts: LeBron James 6
TOs: LeBron James 6
Pts: Tony Parker 30
Rebs: Duncan, Horry 9 each
Assts: Tim Duncan 8
Blks: Robert Horry 5

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Game 3

Rookie Daniel Gibson started Game 3 in place of the injured Larry Hughes but scored a series-low 2 points on 1-10 shooting. As a team the Cavs shot only .367 but out-rebounded the Spurs 48-41. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a 2006-07 season high 18 rebounds. On the game's final play, LeBron James missed a potential game-tying 29 foot 3-pointer (which he contested as a foul on Bruce Bowen). Daniel Boobie Gibson (born February 28, 1986, in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. His nickname is Boobie, affectionately given to him by his mother. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Zydrunas Ilgauskas (born June 5, 1975 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and one of the top centers in the NBAs Eastern Conference. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ...


Game 3 was the lowest-scoring Finals game since 1955, with Tim Duncan of the Spurs having his lowest scoring game in his NBA Finals career, with 14 points. Series Summary Nationals win series 4-3 Categories: | ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ...

June 12
9:00 p.m. ET
3 San Antonio Spurs 75, Cleveland Cavaliers 72 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford
ABC, ABCHD, TSN, Canal 7, Canal+, ESPN Brasil
Scoring by quarter: 16-18, 24-20, 15-12, 20-22
Pts: Tony Parker 17
Rebs: Duncan, Bowen 9 each
Assts: Manu Ginobili 5
Stls: Michael Finley 4
Pts: LeBron James 25
Rebs: Ilgauskas 18, Gooden 12
Assts: LeBron James 7
TOs: LeBron James 5

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Game 4

San Antonio started out strong through the first three quarters, leading by as many as 11. Cleveland would stage a rally near the end of the third quarter and the first five minutes of the fourth, scoring 14 consecutive points to take its first second-half lead of the series. However, the Spurs would stage a 12-3 rally of their own to retake the lead and win the series in a 4-0 sweep.

June 14
9:00 p.m. ET
4 San Antonio Spurs 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 82 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Joe Forte, Eddie F. Rush
ABC, ABCHD, TSN, Canal 7, Canal+, ESPN Brasil, Sport 1
Scoring by quarter: 19-20, 20-14, 21-18, 22-27
Pts: Manu Ginobili 27
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Assts: Manu Ginobili 5
TOs: Tim Duncan 6
Pts: LeBron James 24
Rebs: Ilgauskas 13, Gooden 11
Assts: LeBron James 10
TOs: LeBron James 6
San Antonio wins series 4–0

Twelve-year veteran Michael Finley was awarded the NBA championship game ball. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Quicken Loans Arena (aka The Q) is a multipurpose arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Until August 2005, it was known as Gund Arena, named for Gordon Gund, a former owner of the Cavaliers, after he paid for the naming rights. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Bennett Salvatore is an NBA official who wears No. ... Joseph Xavier Joe Forte (born May 23, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently playing in Greece for Apollon Patras. ... Eddie F. Rush (born September 19, 1961 in Columbus, Georgia) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... The Sports Network (commonly known as TSN) is a Canadian cable television specialty channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... Canal 7 Argentina is an Argentine television network. ... Canal+ (Canal Plus, meaning Channel Plus/More in French) is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. ... Launched in June 1995, ESPN Brasil was the first ESPN broadcaster launched outside the United States. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Zydrunas Ilgauskas (born June 5, 1975 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is a basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and one of the top centers in the NBAs Eastern Conference. ... Drew Gooden (born September 24, 1981 in Oakland, California) is an NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who is currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ...


Awards

The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ...

Controversies

In October 2007, Detroit Pistons power forward Rasheed Wallace commented on the loss, stating that the Cavaliers didn't beat the Pistons, but rather that the Pistons lost because they fell prey to the NBA wanting the Cavaliers in the finals. Wallace stated that the NBA was becoming "fake", like the WWE. NBA Commissioner David Stern addressed the comments, calling them "disrespectful". He rebuked Wallace for such statements, but did not issue a fine against the Pistons forward.[2] For other uses, see October (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... A power forward is a position in some team sports. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ Ratings for 2007 finals down 27 percent from last year. ESPN.com. Retrieved on June 15, 2007
  2. ^ Wallace gets Stern rebuke, The Detroit News.

External links

  • Official site of the 2007 NBA Finals

 
 

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