Ray Allen's Three-Pointer, LeBron's Fourth Quarter Keep the Heat's Hopes Alive
See you Thursday night. With less than three seconds left and the Heat down three, the ball found Ray Allen in the corner, and he buried it, sending the game into overtime and sending fans' hearts into their esophaguses. Miami went on to win in overtime 103-100 in what might be the greatest game in Miami Heat history, if not NBA Finals history. Other than that, it was a snoozer.
Entering the fourth quarter, a headband-clad LeBron was 3-12. He would end the game with 32 points, ten rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, two blocks, one Miami New Times recap guy who wants to be more than friends, and zero headbands.
Not only that, but he also played lock-down defense on Tony Parker SO HARD that for a good chunk of the final period, Parker was forced to the bench with cramps and a terrific idea as to what Derrick Rose was talking about when he said LeBron is a big meanie and won't let him score.
"If we were going to go down tonight, we're going to go down with me leaving every little bit of energy that I had on the floor," James told reporters. No shit. LeBron had the looks of a guy who was fighting for his life in the fourth. Spoelstra sat Wade and Bosh for most of the comeback run, not daring to call a timeout with LeBron in that kind of zone. When it was all said and done, LeBron James played 50 minutes, the last 17 at the kind of pace never seen before. Nobody even knows what happened to LeBron's headband. Rumor is it left early to beat traffic, like some completely fraudulent Heat fans. Just an amazing effort by LeBron to close the most important game of his life.
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Unreal. I mean, there just aren't words to describe what happened. I chest-bumped my wife into the window, and she didn't even blink; she came back at me for the awkward fist-into-palm-this-was-supposed-to-be-a-high-five. I almost cried. I was sent to Twitter jail. I didn't know what to do with my hands. I had accepted defeat just a few seconds prior. I'm still not even sure what happened. Somehow the ball found Ray Allen, and he did what he had done to the Heat a million times: He rose up and drained the biggest ball sack of a three right in the defender's face. I'm forever changed by this play.
Words just can't describe the situation, which is unfortunate for you, because that's kind of why you are reading this post. This will forever be known as "The Shot" to me. No amount of touching myself will ever get me back to where I was when that ball went in the net. I'm done. Some people have crazy fetishes; from now on, my wife has to deal with me playing this shot on an iPad when we make the sex. For all I care, she can leave -- all I really need is this shot.
While the Ray Allen shot to tie the game in regulation is your undisputed heavyweight champion Play of the Universe, the fourth quarter that LeBron James had is why we were even able to experience it. LeBron bypassed beast mode; there is no mode to describe the level he was playing the last 17 minutes of this game. All you can do is relive it through the video below to make sure it even happened.
Game 7, we get a Game 7, just wow. You have to feel great about things at this point. The Heat must feel like destiny is on their side after this win. The Spurs have 45 hours to marinate on this one and then come back to the scene of the crime and try to beat the Heat for what they have to feel like is the fifth time. This NBA Finals is already an instant classic people will talk about for years to come. Thursday will decide which team gets to remember it fondly.