Inside the Numbers: Game 7
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 23 – Well, well, well, what do we have here? A Game 7 between the Pistons and the Spurs in San Antonio (9 ET, ABC). We'll have a full house in San Antonio and Detroit.
Say what? Yep, there'll be a full Palace tonight. Read on.
We can't wait for the game, so let's go right to the numbers.
0 – Number of Game 7s the Spurs have played in the Finals. The Spurs took the Knicks in five games in 1999 and the Nets in six in 2003.
0 – Number of Game 7s the Spurs have played since drafting Tim Duncan in 1997.
1.03 – Spurs points per possession in post ups in their three wins
2 – Number of Finals Game 7s in which the Pistons franchise has participated, losing both. The Ft. Wayne Pistons dropped Game 7 to the Syracuse Nationals in 1955, while the Detroit Pistons lost Game 7 against the Lakers in 1988. The Pistons lost those games by a combined total of ...
4 – Four points. The Pistons had the ball for a chance to win in 1955, but had it stolen. They lost 92-91. In 1988, Isiah Thomas had the ball but never got off a shot as the Pistons lost 108-105 in L.A.
3 – Including tonight's game, the number of Finals Game 7s the Pistons have played on the road.
3 – Times visiting teams have won a Finals Game 7: The Celtics in 1969 and 1974, and the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) in 1978
3 – If they win tonight, the Pistons could become the third team in Finals history to start a series down two games but win the series. The others, the 1969 Celtics and the 1977 Trail Blazers.
6 – Number of Game 7s in which Robert Horry has played.
Horry is 5-1 in Game 7s. His only loss being a 103-100 defeat to the Sonics in 1993 in the Western Conference semifinals as a member of the Houston Rockets.
7.3 – Average margin of victory in all Finals Game 7s.
9 – Margin of victory in Detroit's other Game 7 this postseason. The Pistons defeated the Heat, 90-81 in Miami.
11 – Years since the last time The Finals featured a Game 7 in 1994.
The Rockets topped the Knicks 90-84 for the franchise's first title on that night. In a Houston uniform that evening: Robert Horry. In a Spurs uniform this evening: Robert Horry. Horry and Minnesota's Sam Cassell are the only players in that game still in the league.
12 – Home teams that have won a Game 7 at home.
15 – Number of Game 7s in Finals history.
16 – Tonight will make it 16. It'll be sweet 16 for one team.
19 – Record for assists in a Finals Game 7 by Walt "Clyde" Frazier against the Lakers in 1970.
Clyde also went for 36 points and seven rebounds in that contest, yet most people remember it as the Willis Reed game.
33.5 – Average margin of victory in two first round Game 7s this postseason. The Mavs poleaxed the Rockets 116-76, while the Pacers trounced the Celtics 97-70.
40 – The Finals Game 7 record for rebounds, held by the amazing Bill Russell.
Russell set this mark in a 1962 OT game in which the Celtics topped the Lakers 110-107.
Russell also played in five Finals Game 7s. His record: 5-0. Clutch. Speaking of Mr. Clutch ...
42 – Record for points in a Finals Game 7, set by Jerry West in 1969.
Because of his outstanding performance, West was named the first-ever Finals MVP, the only player ever from losing team to earn that honor.
60 – Pistons turnovers in the 2005 Finals.
87 – Record for fewest turnovers in a seven-game Finals series, also held by Detroit in 1988.
100 – Playoff wins by coach Larry Brown, putting him third on the all-time list, ahead of Red Auerbach (99) and behind Phil Jackson (175) and Pat Riley (155).
18,797 – Number of fans expected in attendance at the SBC Center for Game 7 – a sell out. The SBC Center was also sold out for Games 1, 2 and 6.
22,076 – Although the game is in San Antonio, this is the number of fans expected in attendance at The Palace of Auburn Hills for Game 7 to watch the game on the video boards. All ticket proceeds will be shared by two charities: CATCH and Cornerstone Schools.
-- Thanks to Synergy Sports Systems and Elias Sports Bureau for some of The Finals data used in this article
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