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Ray Allen buried a three to force overtime and sank two foul shots to seal the win as the Miami Heat forced a winner-take-all Game 7 match with a 103-100 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter and were down 75-65 entering the fourth quarter, but LeBron James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to carry the Heat to victory.
James also finished with 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth triple-double in an NBA Finals game.
He also became the fourth player in NBA history with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA Finals game but he was just the second to do it in a win, joining James Worthy.
Mario Chalmers added 20 points, Dwyane Wade had 14 for the Heat while Chris Bosh scored 10 and had two key blocks in overtime for the Heat, who will host Game 7 Thursday.
"We feel grateful we have an opportunity to play for a title in a Game 7. Our guys aren't looking for games that are less meaningful. We're looking for games that are more meaningful and there's nothing bigger than a Game 7," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Tim Duncan recorded 25 points in the first half but was limited to just five in the second half and overtime, Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 boards while Tony Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists for the Spurs.
The Spurs had a chance to clinch their fifth championship in regulation but Leonard split his charities in the final 30 seconds, allowing the Heat to send the game to overtime with Allen's triple.
"We had them where we wanted, very close game down the stretch. Up two with two free throws and a few seconds to go, no timeouts. We were in a great spot. We just gave them another chance," said Manu Ginobili, who was limited to nine points.
Danny Green, who was a favorite to win Finals MVP, finished just 1-for-7 from the field. He had a chance to force a second overtime but had his shot blocked by Bosh in the closing seconds.
The Spurs led by five with 28 seconds left in regulation but the Heat went on a 6-1 run, capped by Allen's 3-pointer from the corner to force overtime.
In overtime, James gave the Heat the lead for good on a jump shot with 1:43 left before Allen iced the win with two foul shots after Ginobili committed a turnover.
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LeBron James, Ray Allen star as Heat force Game 7