NBA news: Ray Allen thinks it’s ‘foolish’ to say his 2013 NBA Finals shot saved LeBron James’ career

Some have said that Ray Allen’s shot in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals saved LeBron James’ career. Whether it’s true or not, Allen isn’t buying it.

Ray Allen in a Heat jersey saying "Don't be a fool!" and then LeBron James in a Heat jersey

Ray Allen made one of the biggest shots of all time in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals — a corner 3-pointer that tied the game at 95 with just over five seconds remaining on the fourth-quarter clock:

“Bang!” Mike Breen cried out during ESPN’s telecast. “Tie game with five seconds remaining!”

Allen’s shot was important in many ways, and it’s one that will live on through the ages. The Heat went on to win their second consecutive championship, defeating the Spurs in seven games.

Some have said that Allen’s shot in Game 6 saved LeBron James’ career. Whether it’s true or not, Allen isn’t buying it. In fact, he says it’s a “foolish” thought:

“What would you say to the people who say Ray Allen saved LeBron with that shot?” Sports Illustrated asked Allen in a recent sit-down interview.

“I always tell people, when you’re on a great team, you find heroics come from all different angles,” Allen replied. “Throughout the course of that season, you saw different guys stepping up — whether it was offensively or defensively.

“In that game, Mike Miller hit a 3 without a shoe on,” Allen continued. “And that 3 was an important 3. LeBron hit a 3 the previous trip down the floor to get us to that moment, to that situation. For anybody that says I saved his career, we can make the same case for him saving ours.

“It’s not just a one-way street,” Allen added. “You want to look at that moment and say this is something that I did, but I was part of a team, and I contributed at the moment the team needed me to contribute. I think [LeBron] had like 30 points that game. We relied on each other, and that’s what makes a great team.”


Allen’s memory served him correctly. James indeed had a monster game that night. In 49 minutes of action, The King racked up 32 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, three steals and one block.

In the end, Ray Allen’s shot was extremely important. However, he knows that it wouldn’t have been possible without the play of his teammates, including LeBron James.