Arena security thought the NBA Finals were over and so did hundreds of fans with 28.2 seconds left in regulation of Game 6. As security personnel surrounded the court of AmericanAirlines Arena with a yellow rope in preparation for the Spurs’ trophy ceremony, fans poured out of the arena in droves, unable to watch the Heat lose the championship on its home court. Allen had the final say, literally, when screamed at the security workers to “get those [motherbleeping] ropes out of here!” after hitting his three-pointer. Fans who left the arena weren’t allowed back in for overtime.
LeBron James’ mastery of Game 7 of the NBA Finals (37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists) was highlighted by a clutch shot from 19 feet with 27.9 seconds remaining. The basket gave the Heat a four-point lead.
Chris Bosh’s two blocks in the final 32 seconds of overtime helped secure the win in Game 6 and preserve the championship hopes. Bosh blocked Tony Parker’s 17-foot attempt with 32 seconds left in the game and then blocked Danny Green’s three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Sandwiched between Bosh’s blocks was a key steal by Allen under the Spurs’ basket with two seconds remaining. It marked the eighth and final turnover by Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili in the game.
Dwyane Wade’s six steals in Game 4 of the Finals was one shy of trying Robert Horry’s 18-year Finals record for steals in a game.
Wade limped into Game7 of the Eastern Conference finals but found the strength to deliver a huge performance. His steal and transition dunk in the first quarter, which included one of his trademark Euro-steps around Lance Stephenson, signaled to everyone that Wade and the Heat were not ready to quit playing. Wade finished the game with 21 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Mike Miller was inserted into the starting lineup for Game 4 of the Finals after making eight consecutive three-pointers in Games 2 and 3. Miller shot 61.1 percent from three-point range in the Finals.
Norris Cole delivered his signature performance of the postseason in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bulls. He went 7 of 9 from the field and 4 of 4 from three-point range in the Heat’s 115-78 victory to tie the series. Cole was 9 of11 from three-point range and 20 of 29 from the field in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Who can forget Bulls reserve Nazr Mohammed losing his cool in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals? Mohammed shoved James to the ground in the physical game. James pushed back, scoring 25 points and going 11 of 11 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Cole fell one assist shy of a triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists) in the second-to-last game of the season, a 96-95 victory for the Heat. Cole preserved the lead in the final seconds when he stripped Cavs guard Kyrie Irving of the ball just before Irving attempted a shot.