There’s one last game and the winner will take it all. The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals to Game 7, in one of the most amazing games in NBA Finals of all time.
Tim Duncan had 30 points and 14 rebounds in three quarters, but in the last 17 minutes he didn’t score again, grabbing just three more rebounds and missing five shots. In Game 6, Duncan scored 30 points for San Antonio, his most in an NBA Finals game since Game 1 in 2003, and he added 17 rebounds; however, it was not enough.
Miami didn’t score in the final four minutes and 30 seconds of the first half, allowing the Spurs to ride an 11-0 run into the half. The Spurs lead the Heat 50-44 at halftime, and they extend the lead to 13 points, finishing the third quarter 75-65.
The Heat was down five points with just 30 seconds remaining in Game 6, but James made a three-pointer with 20.1 seconds left, while Ray Allen hit a three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining to tie the game at 95-95 and to force OT.
Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, scored the first four points of overtime, giving the Spurs a 99-97 lead with 3:08 remaining in OT. But with 1.43 seconds left, James hit a seven-foot jumper to give Miami a 101-100 lead and Allen made two free throws to give the Heat a 103-100 victory.
LeBron James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, and he scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Miami tied the championship series at 3-3 and the Spurs will have another chance on Thursday night; however they have history against them. The last five Game 7s in the NBA Finals have been won by the hosts. The Washington Bullets were the last team to win the final game on the road, in 1978 against the Seattle SuperSonics – Something to consider if you like to bet basketball. In addition, since 2008, 16 series in total have gone to seven games. The road teams went 4-12 straight up.
On Thursday, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs meet in the decisive Game 7 of the Finals, and the NBA final betting fans should take into consideration that Miami will have the home-court advantage and they are currently listed as the six-point favorites over the Spurs.
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