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NBA Finals 2019: As Oracle Arena hosts its final game, revisit some of its most memorable moments

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Oracle Arena (NBA Getty Images)

Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals will be the Golden State Warriors last at Oakland's Oracle Arena, as 2019-20 will mark the team's first season in the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco.

MORE: 10 facts about the Chase Center

It is the end of an era for the Warriors, who have called the arena home for the past 47 seasons.

Naturally, over that period of time, a number of unforgettable moments have occurred on "Warriors Ground," memories made by both the Warriors and their opponents. As Oracle's doors will soon close for good - at least for basketball - have a look at its history and revisit some of the best moments…

Oracle Arena fast facts

• Opened in 1966 as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena

• Officially became the Warriors full-time home in the 1971-72 season (Warriors played at San Jose Arena in the 1996-97 season due to renovation)

• Known as The Arena in Oakland from 1997-05, Oakland Arena during the 2005-06 season and Oracle Arena since 2006.

• Sold out every game since Dec. 18, 2012

• Hosted five NBA Finals (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) - 1975 NBA Finals were played at Oakland's Cow Palace

• Golden State won the 2017 NBA title in Game 5 at Oracle.

Upsets

Since the NBA switched its playoff format in 1984,10 teams seeded No. 1 or No. 2 have lost in the first round of the playoffs - three of those upsets have been made by the Warriors and were completed at home.

• The most recent (and most notable) first-round upset to be completed at Oracle was in 2007, when Baron Davis led the "We Believe" Warriors to a series victory over league MVP Dirk Nowitzki and the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks.

The series culminated with a 25-point Warriors blowout win in Game 6 in front of a raucous Oracle Arena crowd,a as the home team became the first lower seed to upset a top seed since the league adopted a best-of-seven series in the first round.

• Don Nelson, the orchestrator of the Warriors 2007 upset of the No. 1 Mavs, was also at the helm in 1991 when the "Run TMC" trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin along with Sarunas Marciulonis led the No. 7 Warriors to a 3-1 series win over the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs.

• Before the "T" was Tim Hardaway, a trio of Terry Teagle, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin sparked a three-game Warriors sweep of the No. 2 seed Utah Jazz in the first round of the 1989 NBA Playoffs. Of course, Don Nelson was at the helm.

Records

• In the final game of the 2015-16 regular season, the Warriors attained basketball immortality as they earned a 21-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies for an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season, eclipsing the record of 72 set by the Chicago Bulls 20 years prior.

• On Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, the Golden State Warriors hosted the Sacramento Kings in what would end up being an unforgettable night. In the third quarter alone, Warriors guard Klay Thompson exploded for an NBA-record 37 points as he knocked down nine 3-pointers (NBA record) and went 13-for-13 from the field (NBA record).

• The Warriors have imposed their will at home, evidenced by their NBA-record 54 straight wins at Oracle Arena that spanned over two seasons, beginning on Jan. 31, 2015 and lasting through Mar. 29, 2016.

• In addition to their regular-season win streak, the Warriors set an NBA record with 16 straight postseason home victories over the course of the 2017 and 2018 playoffs.

Other Notables

• In 2016, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team in league history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, winning a decisive Game 7 at Oracle Arena to win the first championship in franchise history and the city of Cleveland's first professional title in over 50 years.

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• While known as The Arena in Oakland, it hosted the 2000 All-Star Weekend, which will forever be known for the dunk contest performance of Toronto Raptors highflyer Vince Carter. Carter wowed all in attendance, putting on quite possibly the best show in the history of the dunk contest to capture the title and provide some epic visuals.

• On May 4, 1994, Charles Barkley and the No. 3 Phoenix Suns visited the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum with an opportunity to complete a three-game sweep of the sixth-seeded Warriors. Barkley was on a mission from the get-go, setting an NBA postseason record* with 38 first-half points before finishing with 56 points to lead the Suns to a 140-133 win.

Barkley's record has since been tied by the Warriors Kevin Durant (at Staples Center) in 2019.

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