Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  19 responses

Ray Allen Won’t Soon Forget Three-Pointer That Saved Miami’s Season

The man was brought in from Boston specifically for moments like last night—with the Miami Heat’s magical season about to go down in flames, Ray Allen rose up for a three-pointer that forced overtime in Game 6, and ultimately pushed the NBA Finals to a seventh and final battle. Allen says that shot ranks among the biggest and most memorable of his Hall of Fame career. Per ESPN: “Ray Allen has made more regular-season and playoff 3-pointers than anyone in NBA history. But when it comes to the biggest shot he’s ever hit in a game, the veteran sharpshooter will have a hard time topping the dagger he delivered Tuesday to bring the Miami Heat back from the brink of elimination and keep their title defense alive. ‘It’s going to be the shot that I’m going to remember for a long time,’ Allen said. ‘There are a lot of shots I’ve made in my career, but this will go high up in the ranks because of the situation. That right there was luck shining on our side.’ It involved a bit more than luck. The corner 3-pointer Allen drilled with 5.2 seconds left in regulation brought the Heat back from a five-point deficit with 20 seconds left, forced overtime and set the tone for Miami’s 103-100 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs to force Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. [...] When Chris Bosh snagged the offensive rebound, Allen said his instincts took over and his feet got him in position. ‘When I saw [Bosh] get the ball, I just backpedaled right to the 3-point line, and I was hoping I was where I needed to be. I wasn’t quite sure. But from years of shooting, I got to my spot. We never give up. Just being able to be in that situation, where the ball bounces in our direction …’ [...] ‘You can’t put it into words,’ Bosh said of Allen’s heroics. ‘He’s the best 3-point shooter of all time. And the fact that he was open is just unbelievable. He kept our season alive.’ Allen said there was no chance he was going to pass up the shot in that situation — even with (LeBron) James flailing his arms on the wing in an attempt to get Bosh to pass him the ball. Allen said he also saw James waving for the ball. But passing up the moment simply wasn’t an option. ‘If it’s not me taking the shot, I have no problem with Ray taking that shot,’ James said as he laughed off the snub. ‘He’s got ice water in his veins. Ray can be 0-for-99 in a game, and if he gets an open look late, it’s going down.’”

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  • OfftheWall87

    Not sure anyone will forget it at all.

  • LLC#12

    The spurs certainly won’t forget it

  • pposse

    that the three that saved Lebron’s life.

  • John

    Legend. Danny Green take notes lil boy all your 3s dnt matter now

  • Dev

    And his legacy

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I don’t know about all that.

  • Max

    They still do..

  • Ricky

    Jesus Shuttlesworth

  • bike

    Pop won’t forget it. Neither will his wife when she does his laundry.

  • OfftheWall87

    The 16 points he scored also did a lot to save himself.

  • Dagger

    That`s really hyperbolic imo. He could lose this year, then come back and win the next three titles. Hell, he could flame out, win two titles total for his entire career, and be remembered as the Wilt Chamberlain of his era. Not that bad.

    I mean: he`s 28! Jordan won his first title at that age.

  • OfftheWall87

    The legacy talk is too premature. This is how fast people’s minds change. After the 2011 Finals, Charles Barkley said LeBron will never be Jordan. Just 12 months later after the 2012 Finals, he said LeBron may be on Jordan’s level. Minds change quickly which is why the legacy talk shouldn’t happen until the end of a player’s career. Not in the middle of it.

  • BugEyes

    ESPN should do a commercial on Allen’s 3. clutch!!!

  • bike

    The Heat wouldn’t have even been in the game without LeBron.

  • Sancheezie

    not so much after that shot.

  • Max

    They’re in a position to win a championship with 1 game, thanks to those 3′s so I’d say all those 3′s still matter.

  • Irishway’s

    Lebron was close to being the Jim Kelly of basketball on that one.

  • The Philosopher

    Memories of the shot he hit at UConn…
    Against Iverson. Was having a tough shooting night. But when the lights came on, he responded.

  • Dev

    It shouldn’t but with twitter and all these social media outlets it will keep going. Lebron is nothing like Jordan or any other player we’ve ever seen play this game, but everyone continues to campare them and its not gonna stop