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Heat win in OT, force Game 7 in NBA Finals

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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— LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime and the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

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 on Thursday night in Miami.

James missed nine of his first 12 shots, but scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Heat from a 10-point deficit. The Heat trailed, 94-89, with 28 seconds to play, but James hit a three with 20 seconds to go and Allen drilled another basket to tie it.

Tim Duncan had 30 points and 17 rebounds in a performance straight out of 2003. But he was scoreless in the fourth, and the Spurs squandered a golden opportunity to close out the series and win their fifth championship.

Mario Chalmers scored 20 points, and Shane Battier hit three three-pointers in regulation for the Heat, who trailed, 75-65, after three quarters thanks to a throwback performance from Duncan.

But Chalmers and Miller hit threes, and James scored on a drive out of the fourth-quarter gates to get the Heat back in it at 77-73.

After a vintage first three quarters from Duncan had the Spurs steamrolling toward the championship, James delivered a vintage performance of his own in the fourth. Tentative and flustered through the first three, James went into full-on attack mode in the fourth to force a Game 7.

It was the force-of-nature showing that had been all too rare for James in these finals, but the Heat have never needed it more after Duncan took it to them the first 36 minutes.

Duncan hit his first eight shots of the game, conjuring the dom­inant form that brought four titles to San Antonio between 1999 and 2007. But he long ago handed the reins of the Spurs offense over to Parker, letting the speedy French point guard take over as Duncan grew older.

Until Tuesday night.

SAN ANTONIO (100)

Ginobili 2-5 4-6 9, Leonard 9-14 3-4 22, Duncan 13-21 4-5 30, Parker 6-23 6-7 19, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Neal 2-7 0-0 5, Diaw 2-6 3-4 7, Splitter 2-2 1-2 5, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-85 21-28 100.

MIAMI (103)

Miller 3-4 0-0 8, James 11-26 9-12 32, Bosh 5-12 0-1 10, Chalmers 7-11 2-2 20, Wade 6-15 2-2 14, Allen 3-8 2-2 9, Battier 3-4 0-0 9, Andersen 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 38-81 16-21 103.

San Antonio 25 25 25 20 5 — 100

Miami 27 17 21 30 8 — 103

3-Point Goals—San Antonio 5-18 (Ginobili 1-3, Parker 1-3, Leonard 1-3, Neal 1-3, Green 1-5, Diaw 0-1), Miami 11-19 (Chalmers 4-5, Battier 3-4, Miller 2-2, Allen 1-3, James 1-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—San Antonio 58 (Duncan 17), Miami 45 (Bosh 11). Assists—San Antonio 13 (Parker 8), Miami 23 (James 11). Total Fouls—San Antonio 21, Miami 26. A—19,900 (19,600).

 
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