Two timely blocks might finally get critics off Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh’s back.
The big man’s stellar defense in the closing minute of Miami's 103-100 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six on Tuesday may have saved the Heat’s season and their chances to repeat as champions.
The Spurs had one final chance to tie the game and force a second overtime, but Bosh made sure that didn’t happen. With 1.9 seconds left, forward Tim Duncan threw a cross court inbounds pass to Danny Green in the corner.
As Green rose up so did Bosh, who managed to stuff the heave before it even left the guard’s hands. Based off the replay below, Bosh did get some of Green’s body, but also got all of the ball on the block.
The play ended a wild game that will go down as one of the best in NBA history. Bosh totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
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His first swat came with 34 seconds remaining in the overtime, with Miami clinging to a slim 101-100 lead. With Heat forward LeBron James covering him, San Antonio’s Tony Parker tried to run a pick-in-roll with Duncan.
Bosh played the switch perfectly, and didn’t allow Parker to go around him and closed down any chance of a pass to Duncan. Parker instead tried a step back jumper, but Bosh was able to block it with his fingertips.
Bosh has faced harsh, and oft-times deserved, criticism for his play throughout the playoffs. He’s averaging 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in the postseason, all well below his career averages.
But his overall play has more than picked up in the Finals. Bosh has four double-doubles in the last five games, and his averaging 1.7 blocks.
Bosh has come through in the Finals before. Last year against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he averaged a double-double in all four of Miami’s victory.