The Heat's star players have a message for fans who were stuck outside AmericanAirlines Arena after leaving before Miami rallied to an overtime victory in Game 6 against San Antonio: Wait for the buzzer next time. "For all those guys who left, make sure you don't come to Game 7," center Chris Bosh deadpanned before the team's practice session Wednesday. "We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us. They can stay where they are and watch the game at home." Heat players and coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday they saw television news footage of dejected fans filing out of the arena late Tuesday night as the Spurs appeared to be on their way to a championship-clinching win in Game 6. Miami trailed 94-89 when 3-pointers from LeBron James and Ray Allen in the final 20 seconds forced overtime in one of the most thrilling finishes in NBA Finals history. Many fans who left the arena didn't see either shot, and most were outside it when they heard about the two huge shots over the loudspeaker radio broadcast. James empathized with the fickle fans. "I apologize to our fans from last night," James said lightheartedly Wednesday, a day after the Heat's 103-100 win forced a decisive Game 7 on Thursday night. "But -- that's why the game is played all the way to the zeros. As a fan, and people watching at home, I know it had to -- wow -- it had to do a lot to them." James went on to have one of the best playoff games of his career, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth career triple-double in the Finals. James joked Wednesday that he appreciates the anxiety his team subjects its fans to during intense games. Miami had trailed by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter, and the Spurs seemed on their way to a fifth NBA title.
Bosh to Heat fans: Watch Game 7 at home
ESPN | Jun 20