Heat edge Spurs in OT, 103-100

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In an epic Game 6 that saw a little bit of everything, the Spurs come up short of victory and a Game 7 on Thursday will decide it all.

Tim Duncan's incredible start carried the team as he scored as many point in the first half, 25 as the rest of the team combined. After a tight first quarter, the Heat pulled ahead in the 2nd only for the Spurs to go on an excellent run to end the half and go into intermission up by 6.

The Spurs held on to the lead until halfway through the 3rd quarter when the Heat cut it to a single point, and it seemed that they had all the momentum in the world on their side, but Kawhi Leonard grabbed a loose ball, got it to Boris Diaw who found Tony Parker for a drive as he was fouled by Chris Bosh for a bucket and one to put the Spurs up by 4, 60-56. With that play as the spark plug, San Antonio went on a run that put them up a dozen points, and they went into the fourth quarter with a 10 point lead.

That's when the Heat's defense really started to exert itself, and LeBron James started making plays on both ends of the court after what had been a lackluster game to that point. He had a block on a Tim Duncan point blank layup. James had several drives for layups, the Spurs had difficulty getting open looks, and couldn't hit the ones they got. Danny Green, who had been unconscious for the entire series, had so few opportunities, and couldn't find the range for most of the night, finishing 1-5 from behind the arc, and 1-7 from the field.

The Heat grabbed the lead halfway through the fourth quarter and it looked like they were going to hold on to it as San Antonio just couldn't get anything going on offense. Then Tony Parker happened. With sparkling plays on both offense (a LONG three pointer with LeBron in his face) and defense (a key steal in the lane) and again on offense (a beautiful transition post up that ended with an over-the-shoulder turnaround layup) to put the Spurs up again. Buoyed by his play, the Spurs built a 5 point lead that looked like it would be enough as the game entered the final minute and the Heat started sending the Spurs to the line.

But Leonard made only one of two free throws, and the Heat got a three from Lebron. Then Ginobili could only sink one of two from the stripe and Ray Allen hit a three pointer from the right corner with just 5 seconds to go. The Spurs had no timeouts left and Parker made it all the way down the court, but couldn't manage anything better than a desperation falling out of bounds shot as time expired with the score tied at 95. The game would be decided in overtime.

And decided it was, but not the way San Antonio fans would have wanted. Chris Bosh came up with two key blocks in the final minute of the extra session, one on Tony Parker and one on Danny Green at the buzzer, as the Heat outscored the Spurs 8-5 in OT. It was the first time in the series that the team that reached 100 first did not win the game.

On to Game 7 we go.

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