Bob Costas calls "game seven" the two greatest words in sports, but to get to game seven you need a game six. Over the past decade, the little brother of game seven is proving that it's no slouch. Here's a look at some of the great game sixes from the past ten years.
Tim Duncan dominated the first half with 25 points and it looked as though the Spurs were on their way to their fifth title in the Duncan-Popovich era. Unfortunately for San Antonio, Mike Miller lost a shoe and LeBron James lost his headband. James sparked a fourth quarter comeback, sans headband, and Ray Allen knocked down a three-pointer from the corner with just seconds remaining to force overtime. James finished with a triple-double, becoming only the sixth player in NBA history to do so in a Finals elimination game. We'll find out how this one plays out Thursday night on Channel 9.
2012 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - Heat vs Celtics
The "Big 3" guaranteed multiple championships when they joined forces in Miami, but came up short in 2011 and were on the brink of elimination in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James put the Heat on his back in game six in Boston. James delivered one of his most dominant performances with 45 points and 15 rebounds. The Heat then won game seven in Miami and went onto win the NBA Finals over Oklahoma City.
2011 World Series - Rangers vs Cardinals
The Texas Rangers were one strike away from a World Series championship.. twice. In the bottom of the ninth with St. Louis trailing 7-5, David Freese tripled off the right field wall to force extra innings. After a Josh Hamilton home run in the top of the tenth made it 9-7 Texas, Lance Berkman, with 2 outs and 2 strikes, singled up the middle to tie the game at 9. David Freese played hero again in the 11th with a walk-off home run to center. Joe Buck delivered a classic line as it sailed over the wall that was an homage to his late father, "We will see you tomorrow night!" The Cardinals won game seven and took home their 11th World Series title.
2004 ALCS - Red Sox vs Yankees
It's now known as the "Bloody Sock Game." Curt Schilling gutted his way through seven innings of one-run ball to force a game seven between the Yankees and Red Sox. Boston would go onto win game seven, becoming the first team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 deficit.