Heat Force Game 7…Now What?
It was the come back of the century and a game that caused all social media websites to explode with Tweets and status updates about the game. With good reason. It was, honestly, one of the best playoff games in recent memory.
It was Ray Allen who hit a 3-point shot to force overtime. He then put up two free throws to help the Miami Heat finish up their comeback win 103-100 against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
We had them where we wanted, very close game down the stretch. Up two with two free throws and a few seconds to go, no timeouts. We were in a great spot. We just gave them another chance.
-Manu Ginobili, Spurs guard
The Heat trailed by as much as 13 points in the third and entering the fourth quarter down by 10 points. LeBron James would score 18 or his 32 points in the fourth quarter with Ray Allen knocking down the three to force overtime. James also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth triple-double in the Finals. Mario Chalmer added 20 points for the Heat and Dwyane Wade added 14.
The Spurs squad also had a good game, but simply couldn’t close it out. Tim Duncan put up 30 points and a whopping 17 rebounds, though he was held to just five point in the second half. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Tony Parker had 19 point and eight assists in the game.
The Spurs had the game won with 28 seconds left to play and up by five before the Heat went on a quick 6-1 run. The Heat have now tied the series at three to force a Game 7.
The Heat now get to return home for Game 7. During the regular season they were 37-4 when playing in Miami. However, the Spurs did beat the Heat at home in Game 1 so an away victory to secure the NBA Championship is not out of the question. The Heat also have a lot of momentum going into the Championship Game with this big comeback fresh in their minds.
The Spurs have arguable the NBA’s best coach and best batch of veteran player who may not get another shot at an NBA title, meaning they are going to leave it all on the floor.
As unpredictable and as good as both these teams are it is impossible to answer the question posed in the title of this piece “Now what?”
Game 7 is Thursday at the AmericanAirlines Arena at 9 p.m. ET. The Heat are the big time favorites according to the opening odds with a point spread of -6.