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Miami Heat force decider with San Antonio Spurs in NBA finals

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 14:29 | Comments

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh reacts in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh reacts in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs

The Miami Heat forced an already absorbing NBA Finals to a deciding Game Seven after a thrilling 103-100 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday tied the series at 3-3.

Miami trailed by 13 points in the third quarter but LeBron James, ditching his trademark headband, turned on the afterburners to spark a Heat fightback.

San Antonio were not about to roll over under the weight of the onslaught, however, rallying to eke out a five-point lead with 28.2 seconds remaining as the championship ribbons were being prepared for them courtside.

James cut the deficit with a vital three-pointer and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard could only sink one of his two free throws to give Miami a glimmer of hope as they trailed by just three points in the closing seconds.

Ray Allen then took centre stage, finding the basket with his first successful three-point attempt of the night with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

"It's going to be a shot that I remember for a long time. This will go high up in the ranks because of that situation," Allen told reporters.

Then, with the Heat trailing 100-97 in overtime, Allen and James were again decisive, sinking jump shots before San Antonio's Manu Ginobili turned the ball over while driving towards the basket.

Former Boston Celtics guard Allen then completed a memorable performance by keeping his cool to drain two free throws to give Miami a three-point lead they would not relinquish.

"It was by far the best game I've ever been a part of," said four-time MVP James. "I'm blessed to be a part of this."

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