NBA players react wildly to epic Game 6 of the NBA Finals

It’s down to one final game to conclude the 2012-2013 season, folks.

In what turned out to be an amazing battle of wills between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and the Heat somehow found a way to erase a 10-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, before sending the game to overtime on an incredibly unlikely comeback, led by James and Ray Allen, who each hit a 3-point shot to overcome a late 5-point deficit.

James was having a dreadful game for the most part. That is, until he lost his headband:

James wasn’t the only player on the Heat to make a big play after losing a part of his attire:

Before the frantic finish to conclude the game, the game plan for the Heat was clear: Stay home on the shooters and live with Tim Duncan making shots. The problem: Duncan turned back the clock and dominated:

The game turned into an instant classic with an endless amount of drama, from James’ inability to come up with big plays down the stretch, Chris Bosh stepping up to come up with some of the biggest defensive plays of his career, calls being/not being made, Spurs players missing free throws down the stretch and so on. In the end, the Heat had just a bit more in the tank playing at home to finish the unlikely 103-100 victory, setting the stage for a dramatic Game 7 on Thursday.

Here are the many awesome reactions of the players from around the league, showing at the end of the day, they are as much of a fan of the game as any of us watching at home.


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  3. Basketball Jones says

    Agree with other comment. Danny Crawford will be calling the next game. Someone should look up the number of home games the heat have won when he officiates. I predict touch fouls, techs, and other calls that are rarely made but will be made against SA. League wants another Jordan Bulls dynasty.

  4. NBA Fan says

    If the Heat win another ring, I do not think I will be tuning in next year. Anyone noticed how many techs should have been called on the Heat last night? I thought you were not allowed to wave off refs, yet Lebron, wade, and Ray all did it more than once. Also the play where Lebron lost his headband was just embarassing he was crawling on both knees and crying like a 6th grade girl. This team condones flopping, whines, and gets away with things no other team in the NBA would avoid punishment for. I am a fan of the league as a whole, but cannot root for this team.

    • RMR says

      Did you watch the same game I did?? Not sure you did. The way the refs called the game is the way they could and should call it all the time: Let Them Play! No stupid calls! Also check the tape, the play Lebron lost the band he ran back up the court on defense. I know the play your talking about, and it was a foul that wasn’t called. The only bad thing about this game was the fact that some fair weather Heat fans left early and didn’t see the great comeback.

  5. Association says

    Does anyone want this Heat team to win? I would love to see polling data. Cue Danny Crawford guarantee he will be in town Thursday to ensure Heat win game 7. The percentage of home playoff games the Heat have won in the last 3 years with him officiating is ridiculous. He always makes lame technical or delay of game calls on the opposing team.

  6. C2 says

    The refs did their darnedest to make sure that game was close. The spurs were in the penalty with 7 min left in the 3rd. Whereas the Heat were never in the penalty during the 4 or OT. Then when the Heat had victory in their sights they refused to call a foul for Manu or Green. It is all about money and ratings. Spurs deserved to win that game and probably will not have enough in tank for game 7.

  7. Santiago says

    Guys talking about fouls at the end are the same guys who want refs to “let the players decide the games” when it’s THEIR team playing. Suddenly they want refs to blow the whistle for minimal contact?

    Bosh came up huge, blocking Parker’s shot then Danny Green’s. Not to mention Manu is still walking with the ball from that play he got stripped. Great game, stop crying because you hate the Heat.

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