Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NBA Conference Finals to feature two Game 7’s for first time since 1979
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The NBA will feature Game 7’s in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1979, when there was no three-point line and Jimmy Carter was in the White House.
The Celtics will host the Cavaliers in a Game 7 on Sunday night (8:30, ESPN) after LeBron James forced a decisive game with his 46-point, 11-rebound, 9-assist performance in Game 6 Friday night in Cleveland.
Boston is unbeaten at home this season, including its Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Meantime, James Harden and the Houston Rockets will host a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals on Monday night (9 p.m, TNT) after the Golden State Warriors romped in a Game 6 win Saturday night thanks to Klay Thompson’s nine three-pointers and 35 points. Houston is seeking its first appearance in the NBA Finals since winning the second of back-to-back titles in 1995.
The last time both Conferences featured a Game 7 was in ’79 when the Seattle Supersonics beat the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Bullets beat the San Antonio Spurs after trailing 3-1 in the series. The Sonics beat the Bullets 4-1 in the NBA Finals
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.