The gut-kicking nature of the Spurs’ come-from-ahead overtime loss in Game 6 of the NBA Finals reminded Mark Cuban of one of the most miserable moments in Metroplex sports history.
“Hate to say this, but this game felt like the Rangers in the World Series,” Cuban tweeted after the Heat’s home rally from 13 down to even the series, including a five-point comeback in the final minute of regulation.
As far as historic Game 6 meltdowns go, the Spurs’ crunch-time crumbling certainly conjured memories of the Rangers’ blowing leads when twice being a strike away from finishing off the St. Louis Cardinals for the franchise’s first title two years ago. The image of Nelson Cruz’s right-field adventure at Busch Stadium that resulted in a David Freese triple will forever be burned into the minds of Rangers fans.
At least the Spurs have four NBA championships to fall back on if they can’t claim Game 7 in Miami.
Of course, the Spurs’ loss could also cause flashbacks of the Mavs’ Miami meltdown in the 2006 Finals, when Cuban’s squad left Dallas with a 2-0 series lead before letting a 13-point lead slip away in Game 3, the first of four straight, controversy-packed, free-throw-filled losses.
The Mavs got their revenge by beating the Heat in 2011, months before the Rangers came one play away in St. Louis.