"Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?" -- Eminem, "Lose Yourself"

At one point, before there was a Big Three, before Pat Riley's championship-or-failure proclamations truly took residence at AmericanAirlines Arena, before the 2011 NBA Finals calamity against the Mavericks and last year's coronation against the Thunder, before Ray Allen's game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation Tuesday, the words above delivered the Heat during pregame introductions to the court that sits hard alongside Biscayne Bay.

Now, after Tuesday night's 103-100 Game 6 overtime victory over the Spurs, the Heat have the opportunity to lose themselves into the ultimate height of NBA drama, Thursday's Game 7 of the NBA Finals, as if it possibly could get any more intense.

"This whole rhapsody, he better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him."

These, of course, now no longer are the NBA Finals, they are the NCAA Tournament, namely the NCAA championship game, one and done, the moment Dwyane Wade fell short of at Marquette, the one Mario Chalmers conquered at Kansas, the one LeBron James bypassed to fast track himself to this very moment.

Everything to this point doesn't matter, not LeBron's uneven play at the outset Tuesday, not Wade's delayed second-half entrance due to that balky right knee, not the 17-4 second-quarter Spurs run that nearly capsized the Heat's season, nor the 11-0 third-quarter San Antonio run that had some considering traffic options and a final early Arena escape of the season.

What matters is the Heat found a way, a LeBron-led way, with Chalmers finding a way, as he seemingly always does during the biggest moments. With LeBron down but never out. With Mike Miller reprising some of that 2011 championship magic. With Chris Bosh standing tall when needed most.

LeBron finished strongest. Bosh rebounded. Wade remained ambulatory. Chris Andersen made the most of his opportunity to be at his Birdman best. From 13 down, somehow, came victory, even if it required Allen's signature 3-pointer.

Sure there were easier paths to Thursday's Game 7 crescendo. But hasn't that been the story of this season, the lopsided early-season losses to the Knicks, the agony of falling a mere six wins shy of the NBA's all-time longest winning streak, the all-or-nothing Game 7 against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals?

This team finds a way, just as LeBron found a way Tuesday.

History paints the Heat team as the overwhelming favorite at moments like this, the home team 14-3 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. But the Heat know better, because their own pattern has been one of inconsistency, 13 consecutive games now of alternating victories and losses. It is not enough to say now that the season will end without consecutive losses since Jan. 10. Because it still can end badly.

But that's what the build up to Thursday is about, two days of anxiety, nausea -- and hope -- to fill the intervening hours, even as both teams just as soon would have returned to the court deeper into the night to ultimately settle this.