LeBron headband is abandoned in Game 6, but the Miami Heat, led by a James triple-double, erased a 10-point third quarter deficit to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime Tuesday night. Who knows if LeBron headband returns for Game 7 of the NBA Finals?
A high-arcing, game-tying 3-point shot from deep in the corner by Ray Allen with just over five seconds remaining in regulation capped off an epic fourth quarter comeback that lifted the Miami Heat to a 103-100 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Heat have now evened their Finals series with the Spurs at three games apiece and face the Spurs in a deciding Game 7 Thursday night.
LeBron James sparked the fourth quarter rally, losing his “Slick Watts”-inspired headband in the process. It was arguably the most physical James has played in any 12 minute stretch, and prompted him at the game’s conclusion to remark “It’s by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of.” As a result of his efforts, James notched yet another remarkable triple-double, with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
At the conclusion of the third quarter, the Spurs led 75-65, and to that point had bested the Heat 44-16 in the paint; but were outscored by the Heat 20-16 in that category in the fourth quarter and overtime. But the Spurs’ Tim Duncan, who had 30 points of his own (25 at the half), only contributed five more the entire second half and overtime – none after the third quarter. Duncan had a double-double for the game (17 rebounds), as did teammate Kawhi Leonard (22 points / 11 rebounds). Tony Parker also posted a strong 19 points and 8 assists, but largely disappeared in the crucial final frames.