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Continued: 'They don't even know what Game 7 means': Kids helped Heat, Spurs keep perspective in Finals

  • Article by: TIM REYNOLDS , AP Basketball Writer
  • Last update: June 21, 2013 - 7:34 AM

In 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, NBA referees called an average of 45.16 fouls per game. Put a different way, referees called more than 7,700 fewer fouls this season than they did in Miami's first title season of 2005-06.

Predictably, fouling out was about as rare this season as ever. Going into Game 7 of the NBA Finals, there had been just 297 disqualifications this season — less than half of the 599 in the 1999-2000 season.

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QUOTABLE: The final practices of the season were shootaround sessions for both teams on Thursday morning, and both produced some of the best one-liners of the entire series.

From Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, asked about his legacy: "Food and wine. It's just a job."

And from Heat forward Chris Bosh, about the fact that Thursday is the final day before summer vacation starts: "It's like the last day of school. Except you have to do work."

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