When you think about some of the most iconic shots in NBA history, Ray Allen‘s three-pointer to tie thing up in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals has its place amongst the best ones. To this day, I can remember Mike Breen’s “BANG!!” call and the disbelief at what just happened.
The Spurs had Miami on the ropes, up 3-2 in the series, and with a 5-point lead with less than a minute to go. But after a LeBron three-pointer, Kawhi split his free throws. It left the window open, and after a LeBron miss, Bosh got the rebound, kicked it out to Ray in the corner, and the rest is history. It would stun the Spurs, who were inches away from the championship, as the Heat used the momentum to win the game in overtime and eventually win it all in Game 7.
Even Ray Allen, who has made 2973 three-pointers in his career, knew this was the biggest one of his career. In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic back in 2018, Ray shared what went through his head before making the shot and what motivated him to step up.
“It hurt. It hurt so bad. I was angry. I was so pissed because the game wasn’t over with yet. I just remember 2001 when we lost to Philadelphia, the ropes came out and they celebrated the Eastern Conference championships early. That was going through my mind watching the yellow ropes come out, and seeing the trophy. I was so pissed because the game wasn’t over with yet. That’s what happened in 2013, too, when they were assuming that the Spurs were going to win. It was that same feeling that I had in 2001. It was anger. That’s why you just don’t give up and fight until the end. I remember us never giving up, never letting our own arena feel we gave up.”Ray Allen, The Athletic
Ray is referring to the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, in which his Bucks lost in a dramatic seven games series versus the Sixers led by Allen Iverson. Seeing his opponents start to celebrate early in front of their home crowd and bring out the Eastern Conference trophy stuck with Ray. So as he saw the security get ready for the Spurs celebrating a championship in their house, Ray decided history will not repeat and hit one of the biggest shots ever. Even though thousands of Heat fans already gave up and left the arena, the ones who stayed witnessed history and got rewarded for believing in their team.
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