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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tim Duncan
Manu Ginobili is sticking around to see if the San Antonio Spurs can get back to the top.
The Los Angeles Lakers want Dwight Howard so badly they put up billboards urging him to stay in town, then got Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to get on bended knee before him.
Gregg Popovich was reflective, loquacious, funny and even answered questions from the media without prompting.
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili trudged off the court, their heads hanging, bald spots that come from more than a decade of games like this for all to see.
Chris Bosh told those Heat fans who had left Game 6 early to stay home, and judging strictly by his line in Game 7, he barely bothered to show up himself.
Tony Parker refused to consider it, though it can't be ruled out.
He is the best player in the game and this is the best moment in his sport.
These NBA Finals were apparently about the kids.
It all comes down to this.
James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Through heartbreaking losses and hair-raising victories, through Game 7s of the NBA Finals and Game 46s of the regular season, through contract extension after contract extension, what has defined these San Antonio Spurs more than anything else is the simple fact that they stick together.
The San Antonio Spurs are hoping the road to recovery from an incredible collapse in Game 6 goes through their stomachs.
Game 7s do more than settle championships. They define legacies.
The sly smile on Erik Spoelstra's lips said it all. If only this once, the Miami coach couldn't wait to field questions.
When LeBron James' greatness almost wasn't good enough, officials began preparing for a San Antonio celebration. Miami's championship reign would be over. Someone in Spurs black would replace James as NBA Finals MVP. James and the Heat wouldn't let it happen.
"I think every one of us wants this very badly from the top on down," Duncan said. "We're trying to play that way."
"He's such a huge part of what we do and how far we've come. You can see it tonight in how we played and the results of the game," Duncan said. "We're always confident in him. ... We know he has it in him. We hope he can bring it forward for one more win."