NBA: Heat beat Spurs to force game seven
MIAMI, 18 June 2013 AFPTV - VAR players warming up ===================================== SOUNDBITES Soundbite 1 - Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (French, 8 sec): "We missed two free throws and two rebounds. That's basketball. Sometimes its tough, sometimes thats the way it is" Soundbite 2 - Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (French, 12 sec): "Yes I didnt want them to get aggravated because the buzzer hadnt sounded as we needed to get the free throws. But we missed them. Manu missed one and Kahwi and it cost us dear" Soundbite 3 - Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (English, 20 sec): " Its the hardest part. We have tomorrow to take this game off our minds, be ready for the seventh, set up everything like a regular game, be prepared for whatever. We know that we have the capability to win and we showed it tonight again" Soundbite 4 - Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat, (English, 10 sec): " We didnt have any breakdowns that was the main thing. Danny Green had a lot of threes from our breakdowns and we had more of a conscious effort to play good solid defence in the 24 seconds and finish all the way today" /// ===================================== AFP TEXT STORY MIAMI (United States) - 19 June 2013 - AFP (Greg Heakes) - 2NDLEAD The defending champion Miami Heat staved off elimination by beating the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime behind a 32-point performance from LeBron James to force a game seven in the NBA finals. James made the game-winning jump shot in overtime and Ray Allen drained a two clutch free throws with two seconds left to seal it as the Heat stormed back from a 13-point deficit in front of a crowd of 19,900 at American Airlines arena late Tuesday. The Heat evened the best-of-seven series at 3-3 after being down by five points with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. "That was by far the best game I have ever been a part of," James said. "To be part of something like this is something you would never be able to recreate once you are done playing the game." Game seven will be played Thursday in Miami. James scored 18 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as he sparked the late comeback for the Heat, which trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter. Mario Chalmers scored 20 points and Chris Bosh added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Heat, which is a perfect 7-0 following a loss in the post-season. Miami dropped game five at San Antonio on Sunday. Tim Duncan finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, which last won the NBA title in 2007 when they knocked off a Cleveland Cavaliers team led by a young James. "I don't know what happened in the overtime and fourth," Duncan said. "Just our shots weren't there. It is a disappointing loss." San Antonio appeared to be heading for their fifth NBA title in franchise history when the wheels fell off late in the fourth quarter as they blew a 10-point lead entering the final quarter. American Airlines officials even started preparing the court for the Spurs victory celebration before the Heat went on a 6-1 run to close the fourth quarter to send the game into extra time. "It was a helluva game. It was a helluva game," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "It was an overtime game. It's a game of mistakes and they ended up on the winning side." Heat veteran Allen drained a clutch 25-foot three-pointer with five seconds to play in regulation time to tie the game at 95-95. Tony Parker had a chance to clinch the win for the Spurs in regulation, but his shot at the buzzer from 12-feet never got near the rim. "This is elite competition. Two teams that aren't backing up," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "We feel very grateful we have an opportunity to play for a title in game seven. There is nothing bigger than a game seven." Allen helped spark Miami's season-saving rally as he scored all of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime after missing his first four shots from the field. He made a lay up with six minutes left in the fourth to make it 84-82 and give the Heat their first lead since the opening quarter. After Spurs posted a wire-to-wire win in game five, Tuesday's contest started out as a tight affair with four lead changes in the first quarter. Miami led 27-25 at the end of the first, but the Spurs went on a 17-4 surge to end the second quarter as they took a 50-44 lead into the locker room. The Heat win spoiled a brilliant performance by San Antonio's Duncan, who scored 25 points in the first half on 11-of-13 shooting from the field. Duncan scored half of the Spurs points in the first half. Miami's Dwyane Wade, who is playing on two balky knees, missed the first three minutes of the third quarter as he was late coming out of the locker room. Wade appeared to aggravate his left knee early in the contest when he collided with Manu Ginobili on a drive to the basket. San Antonio made just four turnovers in game one but the mistake-prone Spurs had 13 in game six as Ginobili committed eight of those. gph/ch
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Now, at 26, McCartney’s music has matured along with him, and In Technicolor is the result, released on his own Eight0eight Records and distributed by INgrooves, a fully realized nod to the classic ‘70s/early ‘80s disco sound as heard on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album and more recently, by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, with a further nod to Prince and his long-stated love of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Lauryn Hill. “That’s what I’ve always gravitated towards,” says McCartney. “That being said, my record is not a period piece. You study old masters and let it filter through you to make your own unique art.” The first single, “Back Together,” with its vamping funk guitar and hip-hop flavor, came out of a writing session with Nashville pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae’s Ryan Follese and Nash Overstreet for their album. “I had a pivotal moment with that song, which – somewhat accidentally – nailed a sound I was searching for - for myself,” says Jesse. “It was both retro and contemporary. I envisioned real horns, real instruments, tight syncopation.” The track turned out to be the start of In Technicolor, as this is where Jesse met the production team The Elev3n, whose credits included Sean Kingston, Cher Lloyd and Karmin. The Elev3n ended up producing most of the album, with two songs produced by Troy “R8DIO” Johnson [Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Backstreet Boys], including the shimmering ballad, “Checkmate.” Songs like “Superbad” could have come right off Thriller, while “Young Love” evokes the time period by name-checking Dirty Dancing in the lyrics and “Tie the Knot” is a thumping wedding song in which you can practically see the mirrored ball spinning at Studio 54 set against the soulful, punchy horn lines. A pulsing bass and insinuating funk rhythm rules the party song, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” Jesse’s version of “Get Lucky,” with its urgent admonition, “Don’t mess with it/Just move with it… Got the invitation to be your plus one.” “This album had a completely different energy from the start,” Jesse explains. “I used to write dozens of demos with many different producers and then cull them down to 11 or 12 songs. This time, we essentially wrote the 11 songs on the album, with a few bonus tracks. 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