Wade praises HOFer Allen for ‘saving championship season’

Ray Allen of the Heat shoots a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation of Game 6 of the 2013 Finals against the Spurs in Miami. Allen's shot sent the game into overtime and Miami prevailed, then won Game 7 to win the title.

Ray Allen has taken a lot of flak from his former Boston Celtics teammates for leaving as a free agent in the summer of 2012 and heading to the Miami Heat.

However, when news that Allen will be part of the 13-person Class of 2018 that will be entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his former Miami teammates showered him with praise.

Dwyane Wade didn’t hold back in his kind words for Allen, who won an NBA title with both Miami (2013) and Boston (2008). After the announcement, Wade took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to post his congratulations, crediting Allen for “saving” the Heat’s title with his crucial game-tying shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2013.

The shot against the San Antonio Spurs forced overtime in Game 6, which the Heat won to tie The Finals at 3-3. It came with five seconds to go, after LeBron James missed a 3-point attempt from out front. Chris Bosh grabbed the offensive rebound and alertly found Allen in the right corner for the game-tying triple.

Miami then won Game 7 to win the title.

Here’s the video of Allen’s incredibly clutch shot: