The San Antonio Spurs dug deep to score a thrilling 112-107 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday to advance to the NBA Finals and a championship rematch against the Miami Heat.
San Antonio fought off Father Time, the league MVP and an injury to its best player to return to the NBA Finals.
Tim Duncan hit a fadeaway jumper late in overtime to give San Antonio a needed cushion on the way to winning the Western Conference finals and setting up a rematch with the Miami Heat in the finals.
A year ago, the Spurs-Heat matchup in the NBA Finals was considered a classic.
Spurs guard Tony Parker missed the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals because of left ankle soreness.
Derek Fisher lingered on the Thunder’s home court after its season ended on Saturday night with a bitter overtime loss to the Spurs, and after he might have played his final game as an NBA player.
Steve Kerr might have strung Phil Jackson along, but he never committed to taking the Knicks coaching job, before he settled on accepting the Warriors’ vacancy.