Back in 2013, on this day, June 18, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat played Game 6 of the NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Going into the game, the Spurs led the series 3-2 and would clinch the NBA Championship with a win. The Heat were trying to get the series to Game 7. Below is a brief rundown of what transpired.
With the Heat up 89-86 in the 4th quarter, Tony Parker hit a step back three to tie it at 89 with 1:27 left. Parker then stole a Mario Chalmers pass and followed it up with an 5-foot jumper in the paint to give the Spurs a 91-89 lead with 58 seconds to go. On the next Heat possession, LeBron James lost the ball in the paint and it ended up in the hands of Parker. The Spurs eventually got it to Manu Ginobli on the other end before Ray Allen fouled him with 37 seconds left to prevent an easy layup. Ginobli hit both free throws, and the Spurs led 93-89. Then, on the ensuing Heat possession, LeBron turned it over again, which concluded in the Heat fouling Ginobli with 28 seconds left. At this point the Spurs were feeling it. And so was twitter…
Game, set, match. Spurs up by 5, score 8 in a row, with 28 seconds to go in Game 6 of the NBA finals.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) June 19, 2013
— Will Hoge (@WillHoge) June 19, 2013
LeBron with the 3, after missing one. Spurs lead down to 94-92. They can win with free throws, but have to make them. 20.1 seconds to go.
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) June 19, 2013
The Heat just lost…
— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) June 19, 2013
King James? Two turnovers in the final minute=Heat Lose. YAY!!!!
— Eric Schaeffer (@Mrericschaeffer) June 19, 2013
There's no world where these veteran Spurs don't hold this 5 point lead.
— Stephen Colletti (@StephenColletti) June 19, 2013
It over Miami 🙂 Game Over !
— Sean Ringgold (@SeanRinggold) June 19, 2013
— Rashad Ross (@RocketRoss_19) June 19, 2013
— Tra Carson (@PlutoCarson) June 19, 2013
And of course it's Tim Duncan with the steal. Game over. Congrats Spurs, a well won championship. Awesome stuff.
— Kai MacMahon (@kaimac) June 19, 2013
Welcome to the club San Antonio lol… Nba champs
— Ramon Harewood (@mvpbig) June 19, 2013
2013 NBA Champions = San Antonio Spurs
— Temarrick Hemingway (@Baller4LifeTH) June 19, 2013
— Boom Williams (@boom_that_guy) June 19, 2013
— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) June 19, 2013
— Shaun Morash (@MrazCBS) June 19, 2013
Game Over !!
— Brittney Reese (@DaLJBeast) June 19, 2013
Game over!!!! You Miami band wagon fans. Go away now!
— Bryant-Jon Anteola (@Banteola_TheBee) June 19, 2013
Where my ring at??? It's over now…
— Jamaal Charles (@jcharles25) June 19, 2013
It's over!!!!!! #Spurs champs, again
— Daniel Dudley (@DDisBORED) June 19, 2013
No game 7! It's over!
— Marvin Bracy (@_BraceYaself) June 19, 2013
It's over ladies and gentleman
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) June 19, 2013
It's over over
— Can't Be Denied (@TToliver80) June 19, 2013
Unreal. It's over.
— Ben Ennis (@SportsnetBen) June 19, 2013
Spurs are about to be World Champs but all anyone is going to talk about is LeBron James' collapse.
— Colin J. Liotta (@thesportshero) June 19, 2013
Congrats Spurs NBA Finals Champs
— AKEEM AYERS (@Akeem_Ayers) June 19, 2013
Game over #sorryheatfans
— Kristin Graves (@iamKKG) June 19, 2013
Unless Jesus plays for the Heat it's over. Great season and great ending
— JMK 🇰🇪 (@JMKTV) June 19, 2013
Wow congrats to the spurs true CHAMPS!!!
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) June 19, 2013
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. SECOND BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. Five point game with 28.2 left and the Heat just used their last timeout.
— Pounding the Rock (@poundingtherock) June 19, 2013
Tony Parker. That's it
— Kyle Fogg (@KFogg21) June 19, 2013
The #Heat lost four games in this series. Not one, not two, not three.
— Jeremy Schneider (@J_Schneider) June 19, 2013
Save Le Batard a seat on the last helicopter out of Saigon Beach.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) June 19, 2013
Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five…
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) June 19, 2013
— Justin Rowan 🇨🇦 (@Cavsanada) June 19, 2013
Not 1… Not 2… Not 3… Not 4….
— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) June 19, 2013
Only 1…not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6…
— Steven Albritton (@StevenAlbritton) June 19, 2013
— Patrick Whittle (@pxwhittle) June 19, 2013
LeBron: "Not one, not two, not three, not four…" Future LeBron: *whispering in ear* LeBron: "Okay, just one."
— Bill Schulz (@BillSchulz) June 19, 2013
Many Heat fans had enough…
Of course, we all know now that these fans would soon regret leaving. Ginobli hit one of two free throws to give the Spurs a 94-89 lead. On the other end, LeBron missed a three pointer but Mike Miller snagged the rebound and got it back to James who hit a three with 20 seconds left. 94-92 Spurs. The Heat then fouled Leonard with 19 seconds left. Leonard hit one of two free throws.
Heat ball. 95-92 Spurs. Then this happened…
Here is the sequence in picture form, courtesy of Tim Reynolds…
Four years ago today …
"James catches, puts up a 3, won't go. Rebound Bosh. Back out to Allen. His 3-pointer. Bang!" pic.twitter.com/FKcuDfB50v
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 18, 2017
The Heat would win in overtime 103-100, and the rest is history.