I believe the saying is, "Jesus saves," right?
With just under 20 seconds remaining in the thrilling, back-and-forth fourth quarter of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard split two free throws to give his team a 95-92 lead. The Miami Heat came up the court without timeouts, and rather than attack the basket in search of a quick, game-extending 2-pointer, LeBron James — who had been huge in the frame, scoring 16 points on 7 for 11 shooting, but had committed a couple of costly late turnovers — rose and fired from 3-point range.
James missed his jumper, but Heat center Chris Bosh — free of opposite number Tim Duncan, who had been taken out of the game in favor of Boris Diaw on the prior possession — grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to the right corner. And if you're talking about the Heat, and you're talking about the corner, you're talking about Ray Allen:
It was Allen's first long-range make of the night, and I think it's fair to say that it couldn't have come at a better time.
Allen's 3-pointer splashed through with 5.2 seconds remaining in the game; the referees triggered an official review, which determined that Allen's feet were behind the line and the shot was worth three points. The Spurs came up empty on their ensuing possession, with point guard Tony Parker missing a 12-foot fadeaway along the left baseline, sending this brilliant Game 6 to overtime tied at 95.
Allen went on to make a major impact in the extra frame, scoring four of Miami's eight points — including two big final-second free-throws — to seal a 103-100 Miami win that ties the Finals at three games apiece and extends this amazing series to a deciding Game 7 on Thursday.
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