As the Heat trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, the NBA began to prep for a Spurs postgame championship ceremony which irritated LeBron James and Chris Bosh and helped fuel a furious rally that resulted in a OT and Heat 103-100 win to force a Game 7.
According to the Miami Herald:
“I noticed it,” James said. “We saw the championship board already out there, the yellow tape. That’s why you play the game to the final buzzer. To come out with a win like that makes it greater, when you’re able to will everything you have as individuals and have a game like this.”
Said Dwyane Wade: “When they brought out that yellow rope and you know you’re not the one that’s going to celebrate, we keep fighting and believing.”
Chris Bosh: “They started bringing out that yellow tape and I got pissed off.”
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 19, 2013