Miami Heat show heart; force Game Seven
Defending champions Miami Heat staved off elimination by beating the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime behind a 32-point performance from LeBron James to force a Game Seven in the NBA finals.
James made the game-winning jump shot in overtime and Ray Allen drained a two clutch free throws with two seconds left to seal it as the Heat stormed back from a 13-point deficit in front of a crowd of 19,900 at American Airlines arena late on Tuesday.
The Heat evened the best-of-seven series at 3-3 after being down by five points with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. “That was by far the best game I have ever been a part of,” James said. “To be part of something like this is something you would never be able to recreate once you are done playing the game.”
Game Seven will be played tomorrow in Miami. James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as he sparked the late comeback for the Heat, which trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter.
Mario Chalmers scored 20 points and Chris Bosh added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Heat, which is a perfect 7-0 following a loss in the post-season.
“I don’t know what happened in the overtime and fourth,” Tim Duncan said. “Just our shots weren’t there. It is a disappointing loss.” San Antonio appeared to be heading for their fifth NBA title in franchise history when the wheels fell off late in the fourth quarter as they blew a 10-point lead entering the final quarter.