Role Players Swing Game For Heat

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(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Coming into the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, everyone knew what to expect from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but it was the role players who would help swing the game for the Heat.

Shane Battier, who had struggled throughout most of the playoffs with his shot, suddenly came alive when it mattered most for the Miami Heat.

Battier finished the game playing more than 28 minutes and hit 6-8 from behind the three-point line finishing with 18 points, four rebounds, and one assist.

It wasn’t just Battier though. The much-maligned Mario Chalmers also came through in a big way for the Heat in Games 6 and 7.

In Game 7, Chalmers was 6-15 from the field for 14 points and two assists. Even though Chalmers struggled from behind the three-point line, he harassed the Spurs’ Tony Parker and kept driving to the basket throughout the game.

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