Best Game 7 Moments in NBA Playoff History

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Best Game 7 Moments in NBA Playoff History
Via Grantland

There's nothing better than a Game 7 in the NBA playoffs.

During the course of an 82-game season, there are always lulls and lapses in effort. Teams and players know that there are ample opportunities to coast over a six-month season in which the weeks blur together.

A contest pitting a couple of lottery teams against one another in January, perhaps with one of them working on the second leg of a back-to-back set, hardly showcases the kind of passion and commitment fans crave.

But when the playoffs roll around, the action intensifies. Things reach a fever pitch whenever a do-or-die Game 7 is on the slate.

There have been 112 playoff series that have gone to a Game 7 in NBA playoff history.  The Indiana Pacers will try to become just the 24th road team in history to win a Game 7 when they battle the Heat tonight in Miami.  

Suddenly, the prospect of watching an entire season's work disappear becomes real. Fear creeps in, and doubt comes along too. The tension becomes palpable, and while some players shrink from the enormity of the moment, others welcome the pressure.

 

*Note: For the purposes of this list, note that "moments" is being used loosely. There'll be plenty of specific plays, but incredible quarters and even overall performances are fair game—so long as they occurred in a Game 7.

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