Wednesday , Jun , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – LeBron James missed a potential game-tying
three-pointer in the final seconds, as the Spurs edged Cleveland, 75-72, to
move to the verge of a sweep in the NBA Finals and solidifying their franchise
as a dynasty. Tony Parker had 17 points to lead the Spurs. Tim Duncan, who was
held scoreless in the middle two quarters, had 14 points and nine boards for
San Antonio, which is ahead 3-0 in the series, and a victory away from winning
the title for a fourth time in nine years. The Spurs can complete the sweep
Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. No team has ever rallied from a 3-0
deficit to win a best-of-seven series. James hit a layup with 6.3 seconds left
to get the Cavaliers within 73-72, but Manu Ginobili drained two free throws
with 5.5 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Bruce Bowen, San
Antonio’s defensive stopper who had 13 points, got his hands on James, trying
for the foul before a three- point try in the closing seconds. No foul was
called and James’ shot caromed off the rim. Zydrunas Ilgauskas tried to keep
the ball alive for the Cavs, but time ran out, and Cleveland, in its maiden
voyage to the Finals, is in danger of going down in four straight. James had
25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Drew Gooden contributed 13 points
and 12 rebounds before fouling out, and Sasha Pavlovic also had 13 points.
Ilgauskas ended with 12 points and 18 boards.