Notebook: Heat 103, Spurs 100 OT



Posted Jun 19, 2013 1:13 AM

Zachary Paul for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and then two free throws to help ice the Miami Heat's 103-100 comeback victory in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The series is even at 3-all, with Game 7 coming Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter and were down 75-65 entering the fourth quarter. LeBron James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to pace the Heat. James also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds for a triple-double. He now has tallied the last four triple-doubles in The Finals.

Mario Chalmers added 20 points while Dwyane Wade had 14. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan's 30 points and 17 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Tony Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists.

The Spurs led by five with 28 seconds left in regulation before the Heat went on a 6-1 run, capped by Allen's 3-pointer from the corner to force overtime. James gave the Heat the lead for good on a jump shot with 1:43 left. Miami sealed the win after Manu Ginobili committed a turnover, allowing Allen to ice with two free throws.

QUOTABLE: "We feel grateful we have an opportunity to play for a title in a Game 7. Our guys aren't looking for games that are less meaningful. We're looking for games that are more meaningful and there's nothing bigger than a Game 7."

--Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

THE STAT: The Heat held Duncan to just five points after halftime.

TURNING POINT: Leonard missed a free throw in the final 30 seconds of regulation, leaving the door open for Allen's 3-pointer.

QUOTABLE II: "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."

--Spurs guard Manu Ginobili

HOT: After a slow first half, James got it going in the second half. He faced more criticism if the Heat would have lost. Instead, he has one more game to further his legacy.

NOT: Danny Green, who was a favorite to win Finals MVP, finished just 1-for-7 from the field. He had a chance to force a second overtime but had his shot blocked by Chris Bosh in the closing seconds.

GOOD MOVE: James took it upon himself to be the aggressor in the second half. Without him in the third quarter, the Heat probably would have been watching the Spurs celebrate on their home court.

BAD MOVE: The Spurs will be kicking themselves after those final 28 seconds of regulation, with the missed free throws and turnovers.

UP NEXT: Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET, Thursday at AmericanAirlines Arena.