MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — Miami Heat made a dramatic comeback in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs and on Thursday night LeBron James and his troops will be hoping to finish off the job here at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Down and look certain to be handing over their world title to the Spurs in Game 6, Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to tie the game at 95-95 and force overtime before the Heat went on to win the game 103-100.
That victory forced a Game 7 and the defending champions are looking forward to the last game being in their building.
“As a competitor you love it, because you know you have an opportunity and it’s up to you,” Allen said. “We have a chance in our building to make something great.
“All of our legacies are tied to this moment, this game. It’s something our kids will be able to talk about that they were a part of.
“Forever will remember these moments, so we want to not live and have any regrets.”
After struggling in the opening two quarters, James, who finished with a triple-double of 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, erupted in the second half, and fourth quarter in particular, to steal the game away from San Antonio.
NBA officials were lining up in the tunnel to bring out the trophy when the Spurs were pull dominating the closing seconds until they allowed the Heat to come back into the game, something that still left many puzzled.
But while the media and several supporters spend lots of time trying to figure what exactly was the problem, Tim Duncan says San Antonio has already moved on.
“You know what, it’s all about just winning the title. It’s not about situation or what has led up to it,” Duncan said.
He did say though: “It’s a great story for everybody else, but we’re here for one reason, one reason only: It’s to try to win this game (Thursday).
“We have had a very good season thus far, and I think we just want to get to the game more than anything. We just want to see what happens and be able to leave everything out there.”
James’ struggles in the opening quarters of Game 6 had many critics writing their story lines.
However, the Miami forward says he wasn’t ready to end his season just yet.
Furthermore, he has goals still left to be accomplished.
“I want to go down as one of the greatest. I want our team to go down as one of the greatest teams. And we have an opportunity to do that,” James said.
“Hasn’t been many teams to win back-to-back championships. It’s so hard. It’s the hardest thing.
“I said last year it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, winning my first. Last year don’t even come close to what we’ve gone through in this postseason and in these finals.
“So I’ll be there Thursday night. I’m going to give it my all.”