It was the sort of game which could have any number of nicknames. You could have maybe called in the Mike Miller game because of the three-pointer he hit while missing a shoe. You could probably still call it the headband game because of the incredible scoring binge LeBron James went on for the Miami Heat after his signature headband got knocked off.
Now it can only be known as the Ray Allen game. With 5.2 seconds left, the Heat wing nailed a three from the right corner to tie up Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. Miami went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime and won the Finals a few days later by beating the Spurs in San Antonio.
Some have called it the greatest game in Finals history, and it ultimately helped cement the legacy of the Big 3 Heat, Allen, Chris Bosh and James himself. On a special edition of the Heat Check podcast, David Wilson and Anthony Chiang, the Miami Herald’s Heat beat writer, talk about the game, its legacy and why it has the lofty reputation it does.
Some of our big takeaways include Bosh’s overtime defense, James’ transcendent fourth quarter, Dwyane Wade’s surprising disappearance and all the ways this series set the tone for what the NBA would become, both offensively and defensively. We spend nearly an hour breaking down every angle, reminiscing on the things we forgot from this all-time game and discussing the storylines surround the game at the time.
This is a new experiment for the Herald Sports podcast network, so let us know what you think. We’re all trying to find ways to cope with our new sports-free world and we hope this will help you get through your COVID-19 self-isolation. Hopefully we can get back to live basketball soon.
This story was originally published March 20, 2020 1:38 PM.