LeBron James triple-doubled with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block -- and hit just 11-of-26 shots -- but he constantly resurrected the Heat from the dead as they took Game 6 in overtime in one of the greatest NBA Finals games ever played.
It's going to take a while to sort through all of the mayhem, and James' status as a choker and world beater on Twitter swung like a metronome throughout the game -- most notably when he lost his headband and turned into the flying death machine. Dwyane Wade's stat line of 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists isn't going to stand out, but he was awful tonight on both sides of the floor. Mario Chalmers was the team's second best player for most of the game and finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and four treys, while Chris Bosh's defense picked up down the stretch as he finished with 10 and 11 to go with three steals and two blocks. If Thursday's Game 7 has even half of the excitement of Game 6, the Internet might break.
Dwyane Wade didn't start the second half of Tuesday's Game 6 for the Heat, but entered the game shortly after the start of the third quarter.
He banged his left knee on the knee of Manu Ginobili early in the first half, and has had issues with his right knee for some time. Either way, he's back in the game and it appears that, barring a setback, he'll be able to finish this game. The Heat announced that the exact nature of the problem won't be revealed until after the game.
The Spurs and Heat are expected to use the same starting lineups for Tuesday's Game 6 as they did for Game 5.
That means Manu Ginobili is in and Tiago Splitter is out for the Spurs, while Mike Miller gets the nod for the Heat. Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan will round out the starting five for the Spurs, while Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh will start for the Heat. LeBron is actually warming up on the court (instead of in the practice gym) for the big game, which is not something he normally does.
Chris Andersen is expected to be back in the rotation for Tuesday's Game 6.
Andersen did not play at all in Games 4 or 5 as Mike Miller started and Udonis Haslem came off the bench. With the Heat back in front of their home fans and needing a big spark as they face elimination, expect Birdman to get the call for some energy off the bench. Coach Erik Spoelstra still hasn't revealed his starting five.
The Heat are contemplating a lineup change in advance of Tuesday's Game 6 vs. the Spurs.
Erik Spoelstra siad "we'll find out" when asked if his starting lineup would remain the same. It's possible Mike Miller will go back to the bench in favor of Udonis Haslem, but we'll have to wait until just before tipoff for official word.
Rashard Lewis refuted a report that he'd opt in with the Heat next season.
Lewis said "I don't plan on opting out at all" previously, so he's really just changing his mind. "I haven't agreed to anything," he said. "I have no idea. I haven't even talked to my agent." We can't imagine a better scenario for Lewis as he's nearing the end of his career, but if he wants to leave the Heat, that's his prerogative.
The Heat chipped away all night but couldn't overtake the Spurs on Sunday, falling behind 2-3 in the Finals despite LeBron James' 25 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Dwyane Wade had another nice game with 25 points, 10 assists and two blocks, while Chris Bosh added 16 points and six boards, but Miami's star trio wasn't enough to beat an inspired Spurs' offense. Ray Allen scored 15 of his 21 points during a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, but everyone else on the team combined for 17 points on 5-of-21 shooting.