Heat Hang on; Force Game 7

How good was last night’s game 6? “It’s by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of”. That’s how Lebron James feels anyway (though winning has a funny tendency to force over-statements). It’s nice that James was positive though, because a multitude of fans didn’t share his sentiment. Even as the Heat mounted a furious comeback, a large number of unbelieving fans could be seen filing out of AmericanAirlines Arena.

James and the Miami Heat will have to stay positive though, as they still have one more hurdle to clear: a decisive game 7. And if game 6 was any indication of how the finale will go, the Heat had better be ready. Hopefully their fans will be ready too.

Game 6 saw a determined Tim Duncan (30 points, 17 rebounds) ready to deliver to his San Antonio Spurs a shiny new championship, and if not for a clutch game-tying three pointer by Ray Allen in the final seconds of regulation, he would have done so. “It’s a tough moment. We were a few seconds away from winning the championship and we let it go,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said. “A couple rebounds we didn’t catch, a tough 3 by Ray and a couple missed free throws. It’s a very tough moment.”

Halfway through the fourth quarter the Spurs were in control and ready to stun the Heat when Lebron James came calling. He went from shooting 3-12 through three quarters to finishing 11-26 from the floor with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. “He just made plays. I don’t think there’s any two ways to put it,” Tim Duncan said. “We were in the right position to close it out and he found a way to put his team over the top and we just didn’t make enough plays to do that.”

The Spurs will have one more chance to stifle the defending champs on Thursday, when the NBA Finals will have its first game 7 since 2010.

Stay tuned to see if the Heat will have any fans cheering them on.

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