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Heat Force Game 7 with OT Victory

Pete Carges

The yellow rope was out. The champagne was on ice. The parade route was already mapped. All it took was one box out on Chris Bosh or a made free throw by Kawhi Leonard to salt away Miami and give San Antonio their 5th championship in the past 15 years.  Unfortunately for the Spurs and their fans, Ray Allen would not let that happen, nailing a corner three pointer with under  10 seconds left to tie up the game and force OT. Yes, it was the seasoned veteran, the man who once played the sharpshooting Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game”  who kept the Heat alive for one more day.

LeBron James did have a spectacular game for Miami however, finishing with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, (his second triple double of the playoffs) but two turnovers in the final minutes almost raised the doubters once again.  It was, in fact, LeBron’s fourth quarter performance who put the Heat up by 3 with under a minute left, only to be answered by 5 quick Tony Parker points and again shift the momentum back to the Spurs before Allen’s three sent it back Miami way.

The overtime started out in San Antonio’s favor and they had a chance to go up four, but late turnovers by Manu Ginobili proved to be the Spurs demise. Ginobili was coming off his best game of the playoffs in game 5. Tonight however, he mirrored his play from the first four games of the series, almost matching his 9 points with 8 turnovers. The other old-timer for the Spurs, Tim Duncan, started off the game on fire, knocking down his first 8, netting 25 at the half, and looking like he was 27, rather than 37. The man they call “Big Fundamental” was shut down late however, finishing with 30 and held scoreless the last 21 minutes of the contest.

It was a game for the ages, in all of sport, on par with any classic playoff matchup over the years. A game that was almost a microcosm of the series so far, with momentum shifts and back and forth runs that had each team, at different points, looking like they were dead in the water.  With the teams alternating wins each game, next up on the list is a San Antonio victory. Will the trend continue in game 7 on Thursday night? We’ll find out soon enough.

Game 7 can be heard on WGR550 Thursday Night following the John Murphy Show.

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