It's Spurs Resilience Vs. Heat Home-court In Decisive Game 7

home teams 14-3 all-time in NBA Finals Game 7'sThursday night, the San Antonio Spurs play the Miami Heat, in the decisive Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. It appeared as if the Spurs were going to take the title in Game 6, when they possessed a 10-point early fourth quarter lead, followed by a 5-point lead with 28 seconds left in the contest. This all changed after Ray Allen knocked down a game-tying three-pointer, with 5.2 seconds remaining. That basket sent the contest to overtime, where the Heat eventually won 103-100. LeBron James recorded his second triple-double of the finals, totaling 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

This has been a very interesting series, with each team alternating wins and losses throughout. The Spurs have come out on top of the odd numbered games, while the Heat have won the even numbered matchups. The Heat, who won 27-straight regular season games, and lost only once in the first two rounds of the playoffs, are now a pedestrian 7-6, since the beginning of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami does have history on their side, as home teams are 14-3 all-time in NBA Finals Game 7's. In fact, no road team has taken an NBA Finals Game 7 since way back in 1978, when the then Washington Bullets beat the late, great Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder).

NBA Finals Game 7's do not occur very often, as this will only be the fifth one played since 1988 and the first since 2010. When he takes the court Thursday, Ray Allen will break Bill Russell's all-time record, by playing in his eleventh career Game 7 of a playoff series.