What can I say about last night to fully convey the emotion of being at one of the best NBA Finals games of all time, other than WOW! That game was everything I thought it would be and then some. I still can’t believe my fortune to have been there to witness such a remarkable game, perhaps the best finals game I may ever have the chance to be a part of.
My section was filled with extraordinary people, who like me had a great love for this squad. During the entire game we were cheering on our bellowed team, hoping our energy would give them the boost they needed to win.
The start of the game saw San Antonio dominate while King James and the Heat, with the exception of Chalmers struggled. Near the end of the 3rd things got a bit intense and panic started to ensure and it looked bleak down the stretch. Entering the 4th quarter it was obvious that fans were feeling the pressure being down by 10 points with our superstar LeBron missing 9/12 shots. Of all nights for the King to be off, game 6 was a terrible game to start.
Then in the 4th quarter as we’ve seen dozens of times, LeBron took over and was a monster. His energy lifted the crowd and the arena erupted with several chants from “Let’s Go Heat” to our anthem “Seven Nation Army”. Regardless of LeBron’s heroics San Antonio wasn’t backing down and with just seconds left in the 4th they were leading 95-89.
Then the unthinkable happened, several fans started to leave the Arena. Just went it appeared things couldn’t get any worse I saw the yellow rope and table of trophies being wheeled out and my heart sank. Regardless of my love and faith in this team, it appeared our incredible run was on the brink of extinction. However, we all know the heart of a warrior never quits, and just when it seemed like all was lost LeBron James hit a clutch short beyond the arc to put the Heat within 3 points. Then with 19.4 seconds left Kawhi Leonard missed 1 of 2 free-throw and Miami had the ball. LeBron shot up another 3, but this time it was no good. Bosh however jumped up and grabbed the rebound dishing it back to Ray Allan, who nailed the shot. Needless to say mayhem at the American Airlines Arena ensued. With that shot the game was not tied 95-95, and was going into over time.
After being within seconds of winning their 5th NBA title the Spurs were headed into overtime, as they let their dreams slip right between their hands. In over time the Miami Heat were feeding off the adrenalin of their miraculous comeback. With just 1.9 seconds left in OT the Heat were up 103-100, and the Spurs had the ball. With one last play the Spurs had the chance to tie the game up taking it into another overtime, however Chris Bosh had other plans. As the 3 point assassin Danny Green had the ball he shot up a prayer, but Bosh was right there to make the biggest block of his life and with that the Miami Heat won game 6. With this victory the Heat lived to fight another day and forced a game seven. As soon as the shot was blocked the arena erupted with chants and then the glorious sounds of “The Heat Is On” filled the arena. As soon as the buzzer sounded off my section exploded with elation and everyone was jumping around, hugging and giving each other high-five. It was a great environment to be a part of.
Being a Miami Heat fan since 1998 it’s been an honor to be a part of this extraordinary run this team has been on over the past three years. I’ve been a fan for all the ups and downs, and it’s been incredible to watch the evolution of this team. In the late 90’s the New York Knicks, who we were unable to beat, haunted us. Then our dreams of our first NBA Championship came to fruition when we drafted Dwyane Wade and traded for Shaq. We then however had a rough few seasons and failed to make the playoffs in 2008, and the threat of losing out superstar Dwyane Wade seemed almost unavoidable. Then a miraculous shift occurred as Pat Riley orchestrated the best signing for the franchise to date by acquiring LeBron James and the rest as they say is history.
2013 has been the best year yet being a Miami Heat fan. We saw our team make a run at history, win our 3rd NBA title, and see our superstar LeBron James elevate his game to a legendary level. Although the season just ended the Miami Heat are once again the top favorite to win it all next year and I would love nothing more. To the Miami Heat I would like to thank for an remarkable season and for memories that I’ll never forget. 3x NBA Champions, what glorious words those are!