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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Cuban: Spurs' loss reminds of '11 Rangers

By Tim MacMahon

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.

The Spurs had a championship in their hands, but melted down late in Game 6. Fitzsimmons & Durrett flash back to one of the most gut-wrenching moments in DFW sports history, Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, and compare it to San Antonio's meltdown.

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“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.