Ranking the Top 10 Best NBA Finals Games Since 2000

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Ranking the Top 10 Best NBA Finals Games Since 2000
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I'm not sure how best to respond to Tuesday night. I'm still quivering in delight just thinking about it.

Game 6 was the BEST NBA Finals basketball game I've ever seen in my life.

Hyperbole? Perhaps. Maybe I'll settle down after 48 hours. Maybe my rapid eye movement and heart palpitations will return to normalcy before dinner. But right now, in this moment...OH. GAWD.

Consider the stakes. If the Spurs had won, we’re looking at Tony Parker’s second Finals MVP, Gregg Popovich as the fourth-best NBA coach of all-time (Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley), Tim Duncan as the best player of his generation and the Spurs as the team of this still young millennium.

Not so fast.

As highlights of “The Headband Game” continue to loop in our mental YouTube players, let’s add some context to the chaos. We know Game 6 was the best game of these 2013 NBA Finals…but was it also the best game of this millennium (2000-present)?

There’s only one way to be sure. Time to reverse rank the best ten games of the past decade-plus.

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