There are few more memorable shots from the history of the NBA Finals than that of Ray Allen’s game-tying triple in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Eight years later and Allen himself relives this epic moment that has since been etched in the history of the league.
The former Heat star came to a rather shocking confession about his shot, though. According to Allen, he didn’t really think it was going to go in:
“I remember the ball left my fingertips, and it floated different from any other time,” Allen told Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “It felt like it was low, like it wasn’t going to make it.”
Wow. I definitely was not expecting that. Even one of the greatest shooters of all time (or arguably, the very best) has some self-doubt — in one of the most important moments of his career, no less.
Now with the benefit of hindsight, we can say that the shot looked good as soon as it left Allen’s hands. True enough, it was nothing but net for the Heat sharpshooter.
Allen then went on to detail how everything unfolded before him as he took one of the most iconic triples in the history of the NBA Finals:
“If I can just describe everything around me, it was like everything had stopped. There was no noise,” Allen said. “Then the ball goes through the net, and there’s just this roar of excitement and thunder.”
How I only wish I was there in that building to witness a piece of history. As Ray Allen described above, the whole arena went absolutely wild after the ball hit the bottom of the net. Epic.
For those that want to relive that iconic triple from the great Ray Allen (who wouldn’t?), here it is for your viewing pleasure:
Thanks to Allen’s heroics, the Heat were able to take Game 6 in overtime. Miami was able to tie the series at 3-3 before taking down the Spurs in Game 7. There’s no denying that Allen’s shot changed the course not only of this series but the history of the game as well.