Miami Heat top San Antonio Spurs, force Finals Game 7

11:27 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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MIAMI - The Miami Heat stayed resilient. Even as they watched the San Antonio Spurs build a 12-point lead, the comeback loomed.

Then LeBron James went off.

The Heat sent the NBA Finals to a decisive Game 7 Tuesday with a fourth-quarter comeback for the ages and an overtime victory. James had 16 points in the fourth quarter, which the Spurs started with a 10-point lead. The Heat had taken that lead by midway through, but the Spurs had the final shot in regulation, a leaning Tony Parker jump shot that missed to keep it tied at 95-all.

James finished with a triple-double, showing off why he won four of the past five NBA MVPs despite playing passively in the first three periods. That was necessary to counter Tim Duncan, who had his best game of the playoffs and scored 25 in the first half alone.

Game 7 is Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Heat already have won one Game 7 this postseason, against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals. But they have not won consecutive games against the same team since the second round of the playoffs, more than a month ago.

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