Look, if you said September 29th when we started on our trip going to China if we could decide this season with a Game 7 in our building, every single one of us would take it. You, theyre the best two words in the world, Game 7.
Miami defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-76 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Heat led 89-86 with 2:09 to play but, after an offensive rebound by the Spurs following a mad scramble for a loose ball, Parker drilled a three-pointer to tie the game at 89-89. The Spurs increased their lead to 93-89 before Allens heroics. Allen finished with nine points, going 3 of 8 from the field and 1 of 3 from three-point range.
Hes got ice water in his veins, James said of Allen. Were happy to have him on our side and this is the reason why we wanted him for games like this.
Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists and Many Ginobili had nine points, attempting just five shots after exploding for 24 points in Game 6. The Spurs went 18 of 58 (31 percent) from the field in the second half and overtime.
The sound inside AmericanAirlines Arena as Mike Millers arcing three-pointer traveled toward the rim with 10:28 left in the fourth quarter was not unlike the gradual hush of a tide rolling back just before a breaker pounds the sand. When the three-pointer dropped, cutting the Spurs deficit to four points, the arena exploded with the sound of a 100-foot tidal wave. After so many sullen minutes in relative silence, AmericanAirlines Arena was alive again and so was the series. The Heat trailed by 13 points with less than four minutes remaining the third quarter.
Its obviously disappointing having the lead we had going into the fourth quarter, Duncan said. I dont know what happened in the fourth and overtime. The opportunities just werent there.
Miller finished with eight points, going 3 of 4 from the field and 2 of 2 for three-point range. Shane Battier also had nine points, going 3 of 4 from three-point range.
Wade inflamed his already-injured knee early in the first quarter and the pain appeared to affect him for the rest of the night. He knocked knees with Ginobili during a baseline drive only a few minutes into the game and went to the ground in considerable agony. At halftime, Wade stayed in the locker room for extra treatment while Allen started the third quarter.