NBA FINALS

Doubting Heat fans leave arena early, hear about OT, can't get back in

Updated: 2013-06-19T16:41:13Z

When the San Antonio Spurs appeared to have the NBA Finals wrapped up Tuesday night leading by five with less than a minute in regulation, Miami Heat fans began streaming out of American Airlines Arena.

But then the Heat rallied to tie the score and force overtime, eventually winning 103-100 and forcing a deciding game seven Thursday night in Miami.

According to news reports, the fans who left early heard about the overtime and tried to get back inside the arena.

"I feel so bad. I thought it was over," Marcella Tabora, who left the game early with her husband, Tyson and the couple's young daughter, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"We have a long drive to West Palm Beach, so I said 'Let's go.' We were walking (outside) and he checked his phone and saw it was 95-95, so we came back. But they said we couldn't go back inside."

Some of the fans banged on the doors of the arena after finding out the Heat were still alive.

But the police were called and the doors stayed closed.

"Cops finally here. Fans still pounding on the doors begging to be let in," reporter Victor Oquendo of WPLG-TV wrote on Twitter. "Most pathetic display I've ever seen here."

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