The Heat defeat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100
The NBA championship will be decided Thursday
It took a fourth-quarter comeback and tough overtime performance to clinch the win
With their backs against the wall, the Miami Heat thrived once again Tuesday night, defeating the San Antonio Spurs and staving off elimination.
The Heat pulled off a 103-100 overtime victory, forcing a decisive Game 7 on Thursday.
Mario Chalmers had a breakout game, scoring 20 points. LeBron James added 32 as the Heat mounted a fourth-quarter comeback and battled through overtime to even the best-of-seven series at three games each.
“We feel very grateful we have an opportunity to play for a title in a Game 7,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
The two teams have traded wins since the beginning of the series, and it now boils down to a single game Thursday. That pattern will have to be broken if the Heat is to win its second consecutive championship.
“It was a helluva game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “It’s a game of mistakes. And they ended up on the winning side.”