If you turned off your TV with 30 seconds left in last night’s thrilling NBA Finals matchup between the Heat and the Spurs, you missed the greatest comeback in Miami Heat playoffs history!
The Heat clawed back from a double-digit deficit early in the 4th quarter to force overtime in game 6 Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Heat, helped by crucial 3 pointers from LeBron James and Ray Allen, defeated the hapless San Antonio Spurs 103-100 to force a game 7 on Thursday night.
Once again the NBA refs, led by the surly Joey Crawford, were shamelessly biased in favor of the Spurs. Miami was at an unfair advantage throughout the game as they were hammered in the paint by the Spurs while the refs swallowed their whistles.
In the waning seconds of the 4th quarter, with the frustrated Miami Heat down by 5 points, the arena staff brought out the yellow rope to block off the court in preparation for the Spurs’ trophy presentation ceremony. The Spurs began their premature celebrations with minutes to go in the game.
More disrespect was displayed by the sore loser Miami fans who abandoned their souvenir t-shirts and exited the arena en masse — only to find themselves locked outside when the rejuvenated Heat made their epic comeback to force overtime. Miami police held their ground as hundreds of Miami fans pounded on the doors, frantically waving their ticket stubs and pleading to come back inside.
With 1.9 seconds to go in overtime, Spurs’ Manu Ginobili drove to the basket in traffic and lost the ball to Miami’s Ray Allen, who was fouled. Allen hit 2 huge free throws giving Miami a 103-100 lead. The Spurs set up Danny Green to launch a 3-point shot that was blocked by Miami center Chris Bosh.
The Spurs coaching staff complained bitterly to the refs about the no call on Danny Green, but as you can see from the above photos, Chris Bosh got all ball. For once the refs made the right call.
The odds are stacked against the Spurs winning game 7. No road team has ever won the NBA Finals since the league went to the Finals went to the 2-3-2 format. And the Miami Heat has not lost back-to-back games since January 10, 2013.
Photos: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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