The Miami Heat have beaten the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, sending us to the first Finals Game 7 since 2010. Both teams played strong offense early, with the Heat getting ahead at the end of first quarter 25-27. However, a late run in the second quarter by the Spurs saw them lead by six points at halftime 50-44. The first 24 minuets were unquestionably dominated by San Antonio's Tim Duncan, who shot 11-of-13 for 25 points and eight rebounds in the first half alone. Duncan dominated inside, hitting bank shots from the post and making use of second-chance baskets. While Miami sold out to limit the three-point shooting, they found themselves challenged terribly inside by the Spurs' big man, a potential Finals MVP. The Heat's Big 3 also struggled early, shooting a combined 9-of-24, and while they got some production from Mario Chalmers who hit 5-of-7 for 14 points and some nice three-pointers from Shane Battier, San Antonio had momentum going into the second half. The Heat found some stability in the middle of the third, going on a 12-5 run, however the Spurs worked to keep them at bay, going into the final quarter with a 10 point lead 75-65. Despite the Spurs' momentum LeBron James and team rallied in the middle of the fourth, retaking the lead with six minutes left. As good as San Antonio were in the first three quarters, they were lost on offence in the fourth. The Heat defended inside much better, forcing numerous turnovers. However, Tony Parker -- who looked unlike himself for much of the second half -- stepped up in a major way in the final minutes. By draining a three-pointer, then stealing the ball back and hitting a quick spinning layup he helped the Spurs once again retake the lead with 58 seconds remaining. The Spurs got out to a five point lead, but a missed free throw from Kawhi Leonard and a three-pointer from both LeBron James and Ray Allen sent the game to overtime in dramatic fashion. Both San Antonio and Miami battled fiercely in OT, exchanging leads. A critical blocked shot by Chris Bosh and big defensive (controversial) play saw the Spurs foul Ray Allen, giving him two free throws which he nailed, putting the Heat ahead by three points with 1.9 seconds left. The Spurs called a timeout and loaded up deep shooters, but another big block by Chris Bosh saw the Miami Heat tie the series 3-3 and send it to Game 7. After a wild series full of blowouts, big individual efforts and surprising disappearing acts this close-fought game was arguably one of the best of the playoffs. Blame for San Antonio's loss may fall on Manu Ginobili, who gave up eight turnovers on the night and was nowhere as effective as he was in Game 5. But all members of the Big 3 vanished for periods of the game. Tim Duncan had a great start but failed to carry his first half momentum into the second, he finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds total and even Tony Parker's performance was erratic on the night. While Kawhi Leonard's missed free throw will haunt him, overall he played superbly, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds. For the Heat LeBron James finished with another triple-double, managing 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Heats' supporting cast also deserve credit for the win, Mario Chalmers finished with 20 points, while Ray Allen came up with clutch plays on both sides of the court. Game 7 will be on Friday morning at 11:00 AM Aest in Miami. Don't forget to call in sick.