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Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman conjure Jimi Hendrix with national anthem before the NBA Finals

Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman conjure Jimi Hendrix with national anthem before the NBA Finals

Guitarist Carlos Santana tried to bring a little Woodstock to Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday night.

Born in Mexico but based in the Bay Area since grade school, Santana was a natural choice to kick things off with “The Star Spangled Banner” at the NBA Finals, the sort of gig at which teams regularly look to local favorites to charge up the home crowd.

There’s a lot about this year’s finals that look familiar -- the teams, the results (the Warriors have thus far handled the Cleveland Cavaliers with relative ease) and even Santana, who performed before last year’s Game 2. But this time he was joined by his wife, Cindy Blackman, a force behind the...

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