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NBA Finals: Miami fight back to force Game 7

June 19, 2013 10:07 IST

The Miami Heat produced an extraordinary comeback to beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime early on Wednesday to force a decisive seventh game in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (left) and Chris Andersen celebrate after the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in overtime in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami, Florida on TuesdayNeeding a win to keep their title defence alive, Miami clawed back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter before Ray Allen drained a three-pointer with five seconds remaining that tied the game at 95-95 and forced overtime.

Miami then won a nerve-jangling extra five-minute period to tie the championship series at 3-3 and set up a winner-takes-all decider at Miami on Thursday.

LeBron James, the NBA's Most Valuable Player in four of the past five seasons, had a game-high 32 points for the Heat, including 21 in the second half, while Mario Chalmers had 20, featuring 4-of-5 three-pointers.

Tim Duncan had 30 points for the Spurs, who led 71-58 in the third quarter, but found themselves behind in the last quarter before going on a 8-0 run in the last two minutes to regain the lead.

They still led by five points with 28 seconds to go when Miami pulled off a miraculous comeback.

Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

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