After San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili broke down the Miami Heat defense off the dribble, weaved to his left and made a lovely layup to put his team ahead 71-69, just 5.2 seconds remained in the third quarter of Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
Well, a lot can happen in 5.2 seconds.
Of course it was Mario Chalmers, Miami's ceaselessly confident point guard, who rushed from his spot as the inbounder into the front court to rise and calmly drain the 28-foot buzzer-beater. He's got some experience with this sort of thing.
Chalmers' 3 was reviewed but upheld, putting Miami up 72-71 and sending his Heat — "his Heat!" — into the fourth quarter with a one-point lead, just 12 minutes away from back-to-back NBA championships. I don't think he called bank, but I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if he did. Chalmers just kind of rolls like that, it seems.
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