The Miami Heat get a lot of attention for their ability to pull off athletic highlights in transition. More often than not, the player doing the damage is LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. In the third quarter of Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, though, the most emphatic finish of the game so far came from an unlikely source.
With just under 2:00 remaining in the period, 18-year-veteran Ray Allen, who turns 39 on July 20, grabbed a steal from a bad Tony Parker pass and set out to finish in transition. After brushing off the defending Marco Belinelli, Allen exploded for a vicious dunk to give the Heat a 73-69 lead. Check it out below:
The steal came off one of nine third-quarter turnovers for the Spurs, who have struggled to hold on to the ball throughout Game 1. Allen, the hero of Miami's Game 6 comeback against San Antonio in last June's NBA Finals, may have been just as shocked as the rest of us at his slam:
Ray Allen looks like he even surprised himself on the dunk. pic.twitter.com/3GClviU0UU
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) June 6, 2014
Allen totaled 16 points through the first three quarters. It's entirely impossible he will not make a play this athletic for the rest of the series. Given his age, it's a wonder he came through with this one at all.
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