Miami Heat fans who left Game 6 of the NBA Finals early ignored one of the most important sports clichés: "It ain't over 'til it's over."
Fans left in droves as it appeared the San Antonio Spurs would win the NBA championship on Miami's home court. The Heat trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter and were down by five with less than 30 seconds in regulation.
However, LeBron James and the Heat stormed back and tied the game with a Ray Allen 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in regulation.
Fans who left before the comeback were seen running back across the street and up the steps of the American Airlines Arena, trying to get back inside to watch the overtime period.
However, security guards informed Heat fans they would not be allowed back in due to arena policy. Victor Oquendo, sports anchor for Local 6 sister station WPLG-TV, tweeted fans were "pounding on the glass doors," begging to get back inside the arena.
"None of them deserve to be let in," Oquendo tweeted.
"It's probably the biggest regret in Miami history," said Gus, a fan who left the game. "It's disgusting."
Alonso, a Heat fan who stayed to watch the rally, told WPLG-TV his girlfriend had to convince him to believe in his team.
"I said to her, 'It's over. we have to go,'" Alonso said. "She said, 'You never give up on your team.'"
"Shame on the people who left early. You never give up on them whether they win or lose."Miami Heat fans who left Game 6 of the NBA Finals early ignored one of the most important sports clichés: "It ain't over 'til it's over."