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Jun 19, 2013
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Is everybody done picking their jaw up from the floor? No need for any hyperbole, that Game 6 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs was one of the best in NBA history. Two teams just refusing to budge, like two fatigue-stricken heavyweights in a twelve-round bloodbath. That’s how the NBA Finals should be: down-the-wire, unpredictable, and nerve-wracking. Not like those disappointing blowouts in Games 2 to 4.
Tony Parker came up big in the waning minutes of regulation with five straight points. But Ray Allen came up much bigger, adding another cold-blooded three-pointer to his legendary list to send the game to extra period. He was the Whopper to TP's Angel's Burger. Speaking of which, here are some juicy numbers that mattered in that cardiac arrest-inducing Game 6.

9: The number of points scored by Ray Allen—all coming in regulation and overtime.

Could someone please get Mr.Allen's nerves checked, we’re quite sure they’re made of stainless steel. Already in his 17th season, the future Hall-of-Famer could still effortlessly knock down crucial baskets. He saved Miami’s season with that game-tying trey with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation and sealed the win with two clutch charities in overtime. He’s played terrific in the last two games, especially during crunch time, and the White Hot nation is hoping that his stroke will come through again in Game 7.

                                                   Spurs fans, look away

32-10-11: The points-rebounds-assists total of one LeBron James.

LBJ finished with a triple-double for the second time this series, upping his Finals tally to four (second to Magic Johnson’s eight for most in Finals history). After going 3-of-12 in the first three quarters, the four-time MVP put on his Man of Steel cape and led an inspired Miami comeback in the payoff period, scoring 14 points, including a three-pointer that kept the Heat afloat with 20 ticks left. Yes, he made ill-timed blunders, but Miami wouldn’t even be in the fight if not for his endgame surge. Perhaps going headband-less is the secret.

LeBron James didn't have the best shooting night, but sure made up for it in other ways

5: The number of points scored by Tim Duncan in the second half.

After annihilating Miami's post defense with 25 points in the first half, TD cooled off after the break, scoring only five points since, including zilch in regulation and overtime. Could it be fatigue? He did play close to 45 minutes, his most this season. In fact, he’s never played that long since clocking in over 45 minutes in December 2008! Or maybe someone just took his bottle filled with water from the Fountain of Youth (we're looking at you, Juwan Howard). Whatever it was, it couldn’t come at a worse time for San Antonio.


Tim Duncan started the game on fire, but sputtered in the end

56.5%: The field goal percentage of Miami after the third quarter.

The Heat turned on, well, the heat, in regulation and extra period, shooting 13-of-23 from the field after struggling for only 43.0-percent in the first three quarters. San Antonio, on the other hand, shot a ghastly 9-of-28 for 32.1-percent. The revitalized marksmanship made a huge difference in Miami's offensive sets as it resulted to more fluid ball movement than simply watching LBJ or Dwyane Wade create. Besides, the Heat led the league in FG shooting in the regular season so it wasn’t much a surprise that they shot the ball well in endgame. 

NEXT: Miami hits from long range, San Antonio pounds it inside