Let's look at the last 12 Game 7s in NBA history.
2005-Spurs 81, Pistons 74: It was tied going into the 4th quarter but the Spurs quickly gained control of the game. While it may have been a tight game, it wasn't a great one to watch.
1994-Rockets 90, Knicks 84: Again, not one of the more beautiful games to watch. Especially as John Starks kept clanging shots all night.
1988-Lakers 108, Pistons 105: This one lived up to the hype. The game was tight throughout ... though the Lakers started pulling away in the 4th. However, Detroit cut it to one point with just :06 remaining in the game.
1984-Celtics 111, Lakers 102: Boston was dominating this game until a late LA run. Still, a healthy win.
1978-Bullets 105, Sonics 99: Again, another game where one team held a double-digit lead but saw that whittled down in the closing minutes. As with Starks' poor shooting in 1994, Dennis Johnson missed each of his 14 shots.
1974-Celtics 102, Bucks 87: Blowout. Complete blowout.
1970-Knicks 113, Lakers 99: Another blowout. This one is always remembered as the Willis Reed game. Maybe Kendrick Perkins or Andrew Bynum will have a similar moment.
1969-Celtics 108, Lakers 106: This is known as the game with the Don Nelson shot and Jerry West's amazing triple-double (42 pts, 13 rbs, 12 ast).
1966-Celtics 95, Lakers 93: Interesting. Yet another game where one team held a sizable lead and then watching it go away late. Not as close as the score indicates.
1962-Celtics 110, Lakers 107 (OT): This is the one game we hope to see Thursday night. A nip and tuck affair that features game winning buzzer beaters and extended play.
1960-Celtics 122, Hawks 103: Um. Yeah.
1957-Celtics 125, Hawks 123 (2OT): Wait, this is what we want to see on Thursday night.