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Anyone else feeling a little deja vu?
The San Antonio Spurs defeated Oklahoma City, 112-107 in overtime on Saturday night, stopping league MVP Kevin Durant and his Thunder teammates from forcing a Game 7. The Game 6 victory sends the Spurs home to San Antonio, where they will face LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Thursday night, in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals. After leading Miami 3-2 in last year's series, the Spurs dropped Game 6 in overtime, then Game 7.
"People keep talking like we weren't close to winning, but we were ready to win last year," Tim Duncan told ESPN. "We're happy it's the Heat again. We've got that bad taste in our mouths still."
Considering the Spurs are led by a trio of players staving off Father Time, there's no doubt San Antonio feels a little extra urgency; Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker (who missed the second half with an ankle injury) and Duncan are nearing the ends of their careers. Meanwhile, James is arguably the best ever, and he's in his prime.
Sounds like the kind of matchup that means you better be in front of a TV set starting on Thursday.