Heat preparing for special night

Miami Heat forward LeBron James says he is relishing the challenge of trying to overturn the San Antonio Spurs’ 3-2 advantage heading into Game 6 of the NBA Final Series on Tuesday night (Spurs 5/2, Heat 3/10 – match betting).

The Heat are looking to become just the third team to overturn a 3-2 series deficit since the NBA changed the format of the finals to 2-3-2 in 1985.

The defending champions have left themselves with a mountain to climb after losing Game 5 114-104 in Texas on Sunday night, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili running the show as he scored 24 points and recorded 10 assists.

San Antonio were able to overshadow Miami’s star-studded team again at the weekend, Ginobili becoming the latest player to take the headlines after Danny Green and Tony Parker’s previous man-of-the-match performances.

However, the Spurs still have to win one more game to be crowned NBA champions for a fifth time and the Heat have home advantage in the last two matches of the series.

Despite their current disadvantage, James says he hasn’t given up hope of overturning the Spurs’ current lead and has predicted the next two games could go down in history if the Heat come out on top.

“We’ve been here before,” James said. “We’ve been on both sides of the fences. It doesn’t matter if you’re up [3-2] and you need one more win, or you need one more win [otherwise] you’re out.

“You can’t sleep. Especially at this point. We’ve got an opportunity to do something special. So we look forward to the challenge.”

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra is expected to tweak his line-up for Game 6 but the big three of Dwayne Wade, James and Chris Bosh will all lead the line for the Heat again.

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