When Ray Allen’s 2013 NBA finals INSANE CLUTCH SHOT in Game 6 “changed the tide of a lot of people’s careers”

Allen's clutch three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA finals is talked about even today


When Ray Allen’s 2013 NBA finals INSANE CLUTCH SHOT in Game 6 “changed the tide of a lot of people’s careers”

The Miami Heat acquired Ray Allen from the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2012 on a 2-year, $6 Million deal. Allen, who had spent the previous five seasons with the Celtics and won a championship with the team was keen on re-signing with them but due to various differences between Allen and the Celtics camp, the legendary sharpshooter decided to join forces with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

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Little did Allen know, that this decision of his would turn out to be one of the biggest reasons why the Miami Heat won back-to-back championships. The Heat finished the regular season with a franchise-best and league-best 66-16 record sealing home-court advantage for the entirety of the playoffs. They beat the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers to reach the NBA Finals where they would face the Gregg Popovich-led San Antonio Spurs.

With the Spurs leading 3-2, the series shifted back to Miami for the final two games of the finals. Game 6 was tightly contested with both teams hustling and making terrific plays on both ends of the floor. The Spurs got into a groove in the fourth quarter and led 94-89 with 28.2 seconds left on the clock and it seemed like they were almost past the finish line and were ready to celebrate the franchise’s fifth NBA Championship.

With the Heat having possession of the ball, James made a clutch three-pointer to cut the deficit to two points with about 20 seconds remaining in the ball game. Kawhi Leonard was fouled at the other end and ended up making one of his two free throw shots to extend the Spurs’ lead to 95-92. With 19.4 seconds on the clock, Mario Chalmers brought the ball up the floor, Chris Bosh set an off-ball screen for LeBron James who pulled up for three to tie the game and then, the magic happened. James missed but Bosh got the crucial offensive rebound and passed the ball out to Ray Allen who stepped behind the three-point line to bury one of the most iconic shots in Finals history. The Heat would go on to win the game and eventually the championship.

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The 2013 finals loss was very hard on the San Antonio Spurs

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Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili walk off after a disappointing loss in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals

Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown who was an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich during the time said this, “I can remember 2013 like it was yesterday. I’m thinking, ‘Can you believe this? We did it. We beat LeBron, Wade and Bosh on their home court for our fifth championship. There’s 28 seconds left and we’re up five and the ropes are coming out and I’m saying to myself, ‘This is the most amazing championship of them all.’ And then, bam! The rug is pulled.”

Tony Parker, who later this year will be inducted into the Hall of Fame said, “I’ve never seen our team so broken.” Manu Ginobili personally was at a very low point after the finals and even admitted that Game 6 killed him mentally.

While the Spurs would eventually go on to get their revenge by winning the finals rematch series the very next year, that shot by Ray Allen will forever be remembered as the shot that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Miami Heat. No one will ever forget – “Rebound Bosh, back out to Allen, his three-pointer, Baaanngg!”

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