NBA: Heat beat Spurs to force game seven


MIAMI: LeBron James made the go-ahead jump shot and Ray Allen drained a two clutch overtime free throws as the Miami Heat rallied to beat San Antonio 103-100 on Tuesday to force a game seven in the NBA Finals.

James hit a seven-foot jumper with 1:43 left in overtime to give Miami a 101-100 lead and the Heat evened the best-of-seven series at 3-3 after being down by five points with 28 seconds remaining in regulation.

Game seven will be played Thursday in Miami.

James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as he sparked the late comeback for the Heat, who trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter.

Mario Chalmers scored 20 points and Chris Bosh added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots late for the Heat, who are a perfect 7-0 following a loss in the post-season. Miami dropped game five at San Antonio on Sunday.

Tim Duncan finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who last won the NBA title in 2007 when they knocked off a Cleveland Cavaliers team led by a young James.

San Antonio appeared to be heading for the fifth NBA title in franchise history when the wheels fell off late in the fourth quarter as they blew a lead of 10 points entering the fourth quarter.

Heat veteran Allen drained a clutch 25-foot 3-pointer with five seconds to play in regulation time to tie the game at 95-95.

Tony Parker had a chance to clinch the win for the Spurs in regulation but his shot at the buzzer from 12-feet never got near the rim.


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