It took an explosive fourth quarter performance from LeBron James, Ray Allen nailing a three with 5.2 seconds remaining in the fourth, and a thrilling five extra minutes for the Miami Heat to take down the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime and keep their hopes of becoming repeat NBA Champions alive.
The Spurs led by 13 with 3:50 left in the third quarter, but couldn’t capitalize as the lead thinned to just five with 28.2 seconds remaining in regulation. James and Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime as the Heat managed to force a winner-take-all Game 7 tomorrow.
James finished the game with his 11th career postseason triple-double, posting 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. But he didn’t come alive until late, scoring 18 of his 32 in the fourth quarter after missing nine of 12 shots in the first three periods. In his decade of being in the league, and having played in four NBA Finals, James says Game 6 goes to the top of the list of the most memorable moments.
Allen forced OT with a game-tying three on the final Heat possession of regulation, following a huge offensive rebound by Chris Bosh. Allen talks about taking the shot.
But James says Allen’s clutch performance was nothing less than what he expected.
Mario Chalmers scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and Dwyane Wade finished with 14 points.
For the Spurs, Tim Duncan came out hot, scoring 25 of his 30 points in the first half to help them take a 50-44 lead into halftime. But in the second half he attempted just eight shots and scored only five points.
The title will be decided in Game 7 on Thursday night in Miami; you can hear the game live on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 8:30pm.