The Miami Heat took advantage of Ray Allen's miracle corner three-pointer at the end of regulation and used the overtime frame to lock down the San Antonio Spurs and extend the NBA Finals to a Game 7 with a 103-100 win on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena.
Allen's three-pointer came with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. After a LeBron James miss, Chris Bosh grabbed an offensive rebound and found Allen, who hit the stepback three in the right corner to tie game.
The Heat were actually down five only a handful of seconds earlier, but James hit a clutch three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to keep the Heat's hope alive and pull the team within two. Kawhi Leonard failed to secure the game for the Spurs at the line after a quick foul, allowing the game-tying sequence.
Overtime came down to the final play as well. Down one, the Spurs had a chance to take the lead again. Manu Ginobili appeared to get hit as he drove the lane in the final seconds and turned the ball over before Allen sank two free throws to extend the lead to three points with 1.9 seconds remaining. On the next play, Danny Green launched a desperation three-pointer that Chris Bosh blocked to secure the win.
The Spurs had dominated the game through the first three quarters, leading by 10 points after the third quarter. But James, who struggled mightily in the first three quarters, took over in the fourth. He led from the front on offense and defense, serving as the catalyst for easy looks for his teammates. Miami went on a 20-7 run to take a three-point lead with five and a half minutes remaining.
The reigning MVP finished with 32 points on 11-of-26 shooting, and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds to notch a triple-double. James' dribble penetration and the attention he drew in general freed up Mario Chalmers to finish with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio, despite doing most of his damage in the first three quarters, finishing with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists.