Bosh saves Heat late in Finals Game 6
by Alex Kennedy, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — For a moment, it looked the Miami Heat’s season was coming to an end.
The San Antonio Spurs were leading Game 6 of the NBA Finals by three points with just seven seconds left to play and LeBron James had just missed a 26-foot three-pointer with the clock ticking down. The NBA’s employees were scurrying to prepare the Spurs’ locker room for their seemingly inevitable championship celebration and some Heat fans had already left American Airlines Arena minutes earlier.
That’s about the time Chris Bosh came up with the rebound off James’ missed three-pointer and found Ray Allen, who hit the game-tying three to force overtime. This was just one of several clutch plays that Bosh made late in the game.
He also scored Miami’s first two points in the overtime period and had two key blocks in the final 32 seconds of action — swatting away Tony Parker’s 17-foot jump shot and Danny Green’s 24-foot three. The final block on Green sealed the game for Miami, as that shot would’ve tied the game had it went in.
“I knew they were going to run something for a three-point shooter,” Bosh said of his final stop. “I just didn’t know where. I was looking at Tim Duncan’s eyes the whole time. Tiago [Splitter] set a pretty good screen on Ray, and I just followed the flight of the ball. With 1.9 seconds, there’s not much you can do. I saw the ball the whole time, and I was able to make a play.”
“Chris made a heck of an effort to give us that second possession and found Ray,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Chris was tremendous down the stretch for us.”
For much of the game, Bosh was missing shots and struggling to defend Tim Duncan. He finished with 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, and was largely responsible for Duncan’s 25-point outburst in the first half. It was a forgettable night for Bosh through three and a half quarters, but then he was arguably Miami’s best player in overtime.
“I can’t describe the feeling of the game,” Bosh said. … [For more on Chris Bosh saves Miami Heat late in NBA Finals Game 6, click here.]