LeBron James may have been the star of Tuesday night’s contest, but Ray Allen made the most memorable basket of the night. With 5.2 seconds left in Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals, the veteran hit a three-pointer that forced overtime and allowed the Miami Heat to survive for a Game Seven.
The San Antonio Spurs blew a five-point lead with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. It looked like they were about to win their fifth ever championship when James missed a three-pointer on Miami’s final possession in regulation. However, an offensive rebound by Chris Bosh gave Allen the opportunity to hit a 25-foot jumper from the corner to keep the Heat’s title hopes alive.
"It's going to be a shot that I'm going to remember for a long time," Allen said after the game. "There's a lot of shots that I've made in my career, but this will go high up in the ranks because of the situation.”
Allen had been relatively quiet before that shot and finished with just nine points on eight attempts. Despite coming off the bench, he played more minutes than anyone, other than James and Mario Chalmers. Head coach Erik Spolestra opted to play the 37-year-old in crunch time over Mike Miller, who got the start.
Miami’s signing of Allen this offseason has paid off in the Finals. He’s made almost 60 percent of his shots against the Spurs, averaging 12.3 points per game in the series. He’s been able to help make up for subpar performances from Chalmers and Dwyane Wade.
Below is the video of Allen’s clutch shot. The highlight may be the biggest of the entire 2012-2013 NBA season.