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Ray Allen Says It Is 'Foolish' To Say His 2013 NBA Finals Shot Saved LeBron James’ Career



It has been dubbed "the shot heard 'round the world," the infamous Ray Allen corner 3-pointer that saved the Miami Heat from impending doom during Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

The Heat, of course, went on to win the series and many credit Allen for saving James' career. Had the Heat lost against the Spurs that year, James would have lost another Finals, a mark that would have been detrimental to his career.

Nonetheless, Ray Allen has a message for those who say he "saved" LeBron's legacy.

(via Clutch Points)

“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.”

There is no denying the impact of Allen's shot. But the idea that it takes away from LeBron's greatness is a flawed one. Every member of a Championship team has their role. Allen was just filling his.

But without LeBron, there is no way the Heat complete their Championship run, that much is undeniable.