Swung by the coffee shop about 7:15 a.m. Lots of bloodshot eyes, lots of customers trying to take their caffeine intravenously. They stayed up for the same reason I did.
Unless fatigue snuck up and claimed you, no way could you turn off Miami's 103-100 overtime victory against San Antonio Tuesday night.
I picked Miami and pulled for Miami. But the Spurs are not a team you can dislike. They play with style and poise and grace.
They had this one. Miami was out of it. And then LeBron hit his first three of the evening -- he would finish one of six -- with 20.3 seconds remaining in regulation and Ray Allen hit a tough three from the corner with 5.2 seconds remaining that looked as natural as if he was shooting a layup. And LeBron stuffed Tony Parker at the buzzer.
LeBron scored 16 in the quarter. And he lost his headband. Because the Heat played so well, he didn't put it back on. When was the last time you saw him on the court without a headband?
In overtime the Heat again lost their way, much as they had the first three quarters. But whatever they required, they found. Chris Bosh had two compelling late blocks.
You can manufacture reasons to criticize LeBron if you choose. But he finished with a triple double -- 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. This was his game to win or lose, and he choose the former. He never left the game in the second half or overtime.
Both teams made mistakes. San Antonio came as close to winning as a team can -- without winning.
But this wasn't about mistakes. It was about emotion and excitement and tension, incredible tension, and plays that made you jump and shout.
I have no idea what happens in game seven. I don't even want to think about game seven. I want to enjoy game six.
This was a classic, a victory not only for the Heat but for basketball and the NBA.