Friday, November 24, 2017

Heat beats Spurs in overtime of NBA Finals


MIAMI — LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime and the Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory over the Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

James missed nine of his first 12 shots, but scored 16 in the fourth to rally the Heat from a 10-point deficit. The Heat trailed 94-89 with 28 seconds to play, but James hit a 3 with 20 seconds to go and Allen drilled another to tie it.

James' layup with 1:43 to play in overtime gave the Heat a 101-100 lead, and Allen added two free throws to force Game 7, which is on Thursday night in Miami. The Spurs had a final chance down 103-100, but Chris Bosh blocked Danny Green's 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.

San Antonio forward Tim Duncan had 30 points and 17 rebounds, but was scoreless in the fourth and overtime and the Spurs squandered a chance to close out the series and win their fifth championship.

Mario Chalmers scored 20, Bosh had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Shane Battier hit three 3-pointers for the Heat, who trailed 75-65 after three quarters.

"Left it all on the floor,'' James said. "I know I gave it my all. It's the two best teams in the league and that's why there's a Game 7.''

Allen's thoughts down the stretch: "Until the clock runs out, we still have an opportunity to win this game."

James eschewed his trademark headband in the fourth quarter, then spearheaded the comeback. He scored six straight points for the Heat, then fed Chris Andersen, who made a free throw to pull the Heat within 82-80 with seven minutes to play.

James then blocked a layup by Duncan and scored, and Allen's reverse layup gave the Heat an 84-82 lead.

The Heat led 89-86, but Tony Parker hit a step-back 3 and a layup to take back the lead.

After Allen's big shot from the corner sent the game into overtime, James scored on a layup for a 101-100 lead with one minute to go. The Spurs had a chance to take the lead, but Manu Ginobili had the ball knocked away on a drive and Allen hit two free throws.

Parker finished with 19 points on 6-for-23 shooting and eight assists and Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio. Green had three points on 1-for-7 shooting.

ratings down: TV viewership for Game 5 was down 13 percent from last year. The Spurs' 114-104 win Sunday was watched by an average of 16.1 million, down from 18.5 million for Heat-Thunder in 2012. Miami clinched the title in Game 5 last year; decisive games tend to draw more viewers.

around the league: The Clippers reportedly told the Celtics they pulled out of trade talks that would have sent coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to L.A. Byron Scott was scheduled to meet with the Clippers about their coaching job Tuesday and a Brian Shaw interview is scheduled today. … Guard Monta Ellis, who led the Bucks in scoring (19.2), will opt out of the last year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

SAN ANTONIO (100): Ginobili 2-5 4-6 9, Leonard 9-14 3-4 22, Duncan 13-21 4-5 30, Parker 6-23 6-7 19, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Neal 2-7 0-0 5, Diaw 2-6 3-4 7, Splitter 2-2 1-2 5, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-85 21-28 100.

MIAMI (103): Miller 3-4 0-0 8, James 11-26 9-12 32, Bosh 5-12 0-1 10, Chalmers 7-11 2-2 20, Wade 6-15 2-2 14, Allen 3-8 2-2 9, Battier 3-4 0-0 9, Andersen 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 38-81 16-21 103.

San Antonio 25 25 25 20 5— 100

Miami 27 17 21 30 8— 103

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 5-18 (Ginobili 1-3, Parker 1-3, Leonard 1-3, Neal 1-3, Green 1-5, Diaw 0-1), Miami 11-19 (Chalmers 4-5, Battier 3-4, Miller 2-2, Allen 1-3, James 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 58 (Duncan 17), Miami 45 (Bosh 11). AssistsSan Antonio 13 (Parker 8), Miami 23 (James 11). Total FoulsSan Antonio 21, Miami 26. A19,900 (19,600).


Spurs 3, Heat 3

TV: Ch. 28

Game 1: Spurs 92, Heat 88

Game 2: Heat 103, Spurs 84

Game 3: Spurs 113, Heat 77

Game 4: Heat 109, Spurs 93

Game 5: Spurs 114, Heat 104

Tuesday: Heat 103, Spurs 100 OT

Thursday: at Miami, 9

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