Today in sneaker history Ray Allen saved the Miami Heat by hitting one of the most clutch shots, ever! The Heat trailed the Spurs 92-95 with less than twenty seconds left in regulation in a modern slugfest. Here’s how it played out:
LeBron James caught the ball on the elbow and hoisted up a deep 3… Miss.
His teammate, All-Star Chris Bosh, rebounded the ball and quickly found an open man fading into the corner…
That man, one Ray Allen, did what he was born to do – shoot the damn ball:
Bang! Tied game with five seconds remaining!!!
San Antonio didn’t capitalize on those remaining five seconds, so the game went to overtime. Miami would hold strong in overtime to win Game 6 103-100 behind LeBron James’s 32 point double-double. Like all of LeBron’s championships, the King needed his teammates to come up big; but if Chris Bosh didn’t grab that offensive rebound, and if Ray Allen didn’t hit that clutch 3-pointer then LeBron’s legacy would like very different (not to hate on LBJ, all the greats (except Dirk, lol) needed All-Star caliber help).
We dare you, seriously dare you as the reader to name a more clutch shot than Ray Ray’s prime time, game tying, bucket. We’ll wait.
Luckily, for all of Southern Florida the Heat went on to beat the Spurs in Game 7 for the NBA crown and Miami became back-to-back champs.
The Footwork: Ray Allen
Sneaker history was established during that fateful Game 6 by two players… the two players we’ve mostly been talking about – Ray Allen and LeBron James.
Allen’s Air Jordan XX8s from Game 6 were gifted to the sharpshooter when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall-of-Fame back in 2018. That same year, during Nike’s celebratory Art Of A Champion campaign, Jordan Brand released a commemorative Air Jordan XX8 inspired by Ray’s clutch Game 6 shot. The kicks were dubbed the “Locked And Loaded” XX8s because Ray, regardless of the moment, was always locked and friggin’ loaded! As a result, sneaker fans were treated with two of the sweetest versions of the XX8s known to mankind.
The Footwork: LeBron James
Our second piece of sneaker history from the 2013 NBA Finals came from LeBron James and his LeBron X Elites. These kicks are easily one of the most recognizable pieces of footwear in LeBron’s long Nike catalog, and for obvious reasons – they’re bright red and sexy! The ‘Championship Pack’ X Elites had so many subtle details that they’re basically works of functional art.
The execution on these badboys was absolutely flawless here’s a literal laundry list of details on these LeBron X Elites:
- ornament-like golden lace lock
- gold pattern laces with golden aglets
- reflective, patterned, mudguard
- crinkled gold Swoosh
- speckled midsole
- blackout Air Zoom Max
- translucent, gold speckled, outsole
That’s just the X Elite highs! As the name suggested, the ‘Championship Pack’ came with an accompanying, equally dope, LeBron X Low too! These suckers cost about 2k now on the secondary market because the release of this pack was extremely, extreeeemly, limited. If you have a pair of these in your closet then you’re basically ballin’ like LeBron.
The Footwork: Everyone Else
Don’t get it twisted, players on both teams rocked some serious on-court footwear during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals too. Lets take a look at some of the highlights:
Do you remember Ray Allen’s clutch 3-Pointer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!