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Vote is unanimous to change Finals

Updated: October 23, 2013, 5:39 PM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- NBA owners voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of a 2-3-2 format. The change will take place effective for the 2014 Finals in the spring.

Commissioner David Stern called it an "easy sell" to owners to help add competitive balance and align the Finals schedule with the rest of the playoffs. To ease the transition, an extra day off will be added between Games 6 and 7.

"There's been a sense among our teams that ...

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