The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will play a Game 7. In one of the closest games of the series, Ray Allen knocked back a three-point shot to save Miami. LeBron James then engineered a comeback that left the Heat with a 103-100 overtime victory and set up a showdown in the NBA Finals. Game 7 will be played, we repeat, Game 7 will be played. The Miami Heat have a chance to repeat as NBA Champions and the San Antonio Spurs have a chance to remain unbeaten in an NBA Finals series.
It was James himself who put Miami in the lead for good, capping a 32 point night with a shot with less than two minutes left in the period. Strangely enough, that was the end of the scoring as both teams clamped down and fought the last minutes of the battle with defense. It was no easy effort as James himself implied after the celebration. “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.”
With talk of a Game 6 loss two years ago that cost them an NBA Championship, Miami capped the night by pulling away at the end. No frustration here. Just the knowledge that the Heat are still alive and the chance to win in American Airlines Arena where they have a decided advantage. The Spurs meanwhile, having built a 13-point lead in the 4th quarter, now have to ask themselves what they have to do to win again in Miami. Their chance slipped away on Tuesday night. They, along with the Miami Heat, will have another chance. After that it’s either elation or heartbreak. It’s too close to call at this point.