Down 10 points to start the fourth quarter in Game Six of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat could have folded and watched the San Antonio Spurs clinch their fifth championship.
But thanks to the heroics of role players like Mike Miller, the Heat survived and forced a Game Seven with a 103-100 victory.
Miller capped an 8-2 run in the first minute and a half of the quarter with a deep three-pointer from the wing. With one shoe.
Previously, Heat guard Mario Chalmers had started the fourth with a three of his own, followed by layups from Miami’s LeBron James and San Antonio center Tiago Splitter.
Miller lost his left sneaker after Splitter's layup, and without missing a beat, ran down court with his shoe in hand. The forward tossed it to the Heat bench, and played on.
Miller than curled to the wing, accepted a pass from James, and drilled the three for a 77-73 score, continuing the Miami comeback. The sold-out American Airlines Arena crowd cheered on Miller’s hustle.
After re-lacing, he would finish with eight points and seven rebounds.
The 12-year veteran was signed to shoot, and he has lived up to his contract in these Finals. Almost exclusively camping out near the three-point arc, Miller has shot an amazing 78.6 percent from deep, including a 5-for-5 barrage in Game Three.
He has missed two shots in the entire series.
Miami will need Miller’s dedication and sharpshooting if they hope to win Thursday’s Game Seven in Miami.