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MIAMI---The Miami Heat beat the San
Antonio Spurs 103-100 after overtime on
Tuesday to square the series at 3-3 and force
the NBA Finals to a decisive Game 7.
Miami s LeBron James shrugged off a poor
start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds
while Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with 5.2
seconds to play to force overtime.
James scored 16 points in the fourth quarter
to rally the Heat from a ten-point deficit. He
hit a three with 20 seconds to go and Allen
drilled another to tie it.
James layup with 1:43 to play in overtime
gave the Heat a 101-100 lead, and Allen added
two free throws to force Game 7, which is
tonight in Miami.
"If we were going to go down tonight, we re
going to go down with me leaving every little
bit of energy that I had on the floor," James
The Spurs had one final chance when they
were down 103-100, but Chris Bosh blocked
Danny Green s three-point attempt from the
corner as time expired.
Tim Duncan scored 30 points for the Spurs,
his most in an NBA Finals game since Game
1 in 2003, but was shut out after the third
quarter. He added 17 rebounds.
Tonight s decider will be the first Game 7
to be played in an NBA Finals since the Los
Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in 2010.
"They re the best two words in sports: Game
7," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The Spurs looked headed to a fifth title in
five chances when they built a 13-point lead
with under four minutes left in the third quar-
ter, then again when they recovered from
blowing that lead to take a five-point edge
late in regulation.
Miami, which hasn t lost consecutive games
since January 8 and 10, is trying to become
the fourth team to win the final two games
at home since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 for-
mat for the finals in 1985.
James came in averaging 31.5 points in elim-
ination games, highest in NBA history, accord-
ing to a stat provided through the NBA by the
Elias Sports Bureau.
He was well off that form early, sinking just
3 of 12 shots over the first three quarters. With
the Heat trailing by ten, frustration was appar-
ent among the players and panic was setting
in among the fans.
However he finished 11 of 26, even making
a steal after his basket had given Miami a lead
This wasn t quite the 45-point performance
in Game 6 of last year s Eastern Conference
finals in Boston, but given the higher stakes
may go down as more important---if the Heat
follow it with another victory Thursday.
The Heat were in the same place as they
were in 2011 at the end of their Big Three s
first season together, coming home from Dallas
facing a 3-2 deficit in the finals and on that
occasion they couldn t rally.
This time they said they welcomed the chal-
lenge and the chance to show they how much
mentally tougher they were than the team the
Mavericks easily handled in Game 6 that year.
Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11
rebounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 19
points and eight assists, but shot just six of
23 from the field.
When the ball came to Green at three-point
range for the final shot, Miami fans had their
hearts in their mouths---Green had shot 25 of
38 (65.8 percent) from beyond the arc over
the first five games of the series.
Bosh had vowed Green would not be given
as much as space as he had in the previous
five games and proved true to his word by
producing the game-saving block, leaving
Green with a one-from-five performance on
The Heat, the NBA s 66-win powerhouse
during the regular season, will be playing a
seventh game for the second straight round,
having needed to go the distance to beat the
Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference
The Heat are 13-0 after losses over the last
five months, though this was nothing like the
previous 12 that had come by an average of
nearly 20 points. Nor was it like the previous
four games of this series, which had all been
blowouts after the Spurs pulled out a four-
point victory in Game 1.
San Antonio had an 11-0 run in the first
half, then a 13-3 burst in the third quarter for
a 71-58 lead, and a final flurry late in regulation
that seemed to have them ready to walk off
with another title.
Parker s three-pointer over James tied it at
89 with 1:27 left. He then came up with a
steal, spinning into the lane for a 91-89 lead
with 58 seconds to go.
Miami coughed it up again and Manu Gino-
bili made two free throws, and he made another
after a third straight Miami turnover to put
the Spurs ahead 94-89.
James nailed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds
left, and the Heat had one more chance after
Leonard made just one to give the Spurs a
James missed but Bosh got the rebound out
to Allen, the league s career leader in three-
pointers, who made another one from the
corner to even it up.
The Spurs went ahead by three again in
overtime, but James found a cutting Allen for
a basket, then scored himself to put the Heat
on top. They clinched it when Bosh blocked
San Antonio s final two shot attempts.
Bosh finished with ten points and 11
Heat forces a Game 7
Miami Heat centre Chris Bosh (1) and
Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen
(34) celebrate after overtime of Game
6 of the NBA Finals basketball game
against the San Antonio Spurs,
Tuesday night in Miami. The Heat
defeated the Spurs 103-100. AP PHOTO
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