Go Big or Go Home: Miami Heat Avoids Elimination in Wild Game 6 and Forces Game 7
In a roller coaster Game 6 on Tuesday, the Miami Heat won in overtime to force a Game 7… I hate to say it but I told you so.
First things first, this was nothing short of a great game. For the most part both teams played extremely well with some bad decisions.
Let’s start with the Spurs. Tim Duncan had a magnificent game, 30 points and 17 rebounds… he is 37 years old.
I figured that they would play and give their all to try and finish up the series in Game 6 if they were in striking distance, which they were.
As I predicted, Coach Popovich started Manu Ginóbili again but he was ineffective with 9 points and 8 turnovers. Boris Diaw played some really good defense on LeBron James and had a few assist and points.
Tony Parker was just playing his kind of basketball with 19 points and 8 assist and Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and 11 rebounds.
This game could have very well been the final game of the NBA Finals. Like I said the Finals isn’t always about talent.
The odds were against the Heat and it took absolute will to win. I know Coach Spoelstra is extremely happy with his team.
The Miami Heat tonight made a statement saying “We are Champions Too.” I haven’t seen this in a long time but the team played with heart.
Mario Chalmers had 20 points tonight and he would be a huge factor like in Game 2. When the Heat has a point guard playing good basketball it makes everything else flow.
LeBron James was not shooting well in the first half. It seemed as though he was being passive again, like we have seen quite often in this series then something amazing happened.
No more head band.
After LeBron James head band got knocked off it was almost like he could think more clearly. He went on to score 18 points in the fourth quarter alone.
James recorded another triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He still remains the highest scoring basketball player in elimination games beating Michael Jordan by 0.2 points.
Dwyane Wade had 14 points and Chris Bosh had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks — which were big late in the fourth quarter.
This game had a great deal of role players as well. Chris Anderson “Birdman Birdman” came up with three big steals.
Shane Battier and Mike Miller combining for 17 points helped keep the game in a reasonable reach for the Heat.
Ray Allen tying the game late in the fourth quarter off of a offensive rebound by Bosh which sent the game into overtime.
Defense wins basketball games and Miami defended very well. They turned the defense up which caused mistakes by the Spurs and gave them the opportunity to win Game 6.
Bosh said before the game that Danny Green wouldn’t be open and he was right. He had 3 points and shooting 1-7 from behind the three point line.
Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals will definitely be classic.
The Miami Heat live to see another day, but will the Spurs take revenge or will the Heat do what no one could do all series… win back to back?
It’s anybody’s ball game. With the series tied 3-3, tune in Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9PM ET for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Win or Go home!