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NBA Finals format change approved

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. (June 20, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

NBA owners have unanimously voted to change the NBA Finals format from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1.

The change was approved Wednesday during the preseason board of governors meetings. It will take effect with this season's finals. The league will add an extra day between Games 6 and 7.

The current format was instituted in 1985 in part to ease the amount of cross-country travel with the Celtics and Lakers frequently meeting for the championship. But critics felt it gave an edge to the lower-seeded team, which had home-court advantage in Game 5, often the pivotal game in a best-of-seven series.

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