MIAMI -- Courtesy of some last-second heroics by Ray Allen, the Miami Heat live to play another game.
But it's not just any game.
It's Game 7 of the NBA Finals, a winner-take-all battle that's sure to be the most intense and memorable game in this series -- although topping Miami's 103-100 overtime win in Game 6 will be difficult.
Allen, who spent five seasons with the Celtics, recalls his last trip to the NBA Finals in 2010 with the C's, who had to play Game 7 on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Celtics lost that game, 83-79, a game in which they led by four points going into the decisive fourth quarter.
"It's something that I will talk about forever," said Allen, who had 13 points in that game on 3-for-14 shooting. "We're tied to that. Anytime you bring up any situation about The Finals and about Game 7s, that game will always come up on the screen no matter where I am; whatever I'm doing they will talk about that and it'll be 2010, LA-Boston."
Indeed, the loss and the feelings it created remain very real to Allen, even now.
"You'll have that sick feeling that comes back," said Allen when reminiscing over the disappointing loss. "Me, I have it in the pit of my stomach. You just hate to have to deal with that, the feel of that sickness."
Which is among the factors as to why Thursday night's Game 7 matchup is so special to Allen.
"I have an opportunity to be a part of a tide to change that," Allen said. "So at least I can say, as much as I lost one (NBA championship), I was able to get one back."