Heat stay alive after edging Spurs


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The Miami Heat came back from the dead to force a Game 7 after beating the San Antonio Spurs.

COLD-BLOODED. Allen sinks the overtime-forcing triple. Photo by EPA/Larry Smith.

MANILA, Philippines — Someone just had to lose.

The Miami Heat came alive late in overtime to edge the San Antonio Spurs, 103-100, in a scintillating 2013 NBA Finals Game 6 battle on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila), June 18, at the American Airlines Arena. 

With no team budging till the last possession, the Heat went to LeBron James and Ray Allen to salvage their season and force a winner-take-all Game 7.

James, who almost wasted a brilliant 4th quarter performance with 3 late turnovers, finished with a triple-double line of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as Miami staved off elimination at home.

With his team down 94-89 with 20.1 seconds remaining in regulation, James drilled a three-pointer before Kawhi Leonard split his charities for the Spurs to push them up, 95-92.

But the Heat would not be denied as Ray Allen sank a cold-blooded triple with 5.2 ticks left to force an extra period.

San Antonio zoomed ahead, 99-97, after back-to-back baskets by Leonard before Allen and James combined to give Miami a 101-100 advantage with 1:43 left.

Allen sealed the win with two free-throws in the last 1.9 seconds after stealing the ball from Manu Ginobili. – Rappler.com



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