Final: Mavericks 95-93 Let’s hope you didn’t turn this game off early thinking Miami was one stop closer to an NBA title because the Heat were stunned by one of the more improbable comebacks in NBA Finals history as Dallas rallied from an 88-73 deficit with 6:19 left with a game-ending 22-5 run behind sparkling play from Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki scored the go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.7 left and then the go-ahead layup with 3.6 left to stun the Heat, who scored 7 points in the final 7 minutes. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 36 points but none in the final minutes.
“Well, you know, I think in this league you have to play till the end,” Nowitzki said. “Especially this is the Finals. You can be down 20. You have to keep plugging. You never know what’s going to happen in this league. And we kept on fighting. And we got some lucky bounces there. LeBron went down the middle, had a wide open lay up, I thought. Short armed it a little bit. We were able to get that rebound and go.
“So you have to be a little lucky, but we kept on plugging. And look, I said it all playoffs long, we’re a veteran team. We don’t get too high with the highs and too low with the lows. That was definitely a little hole we got ourselves in, but we kept believing, kept playing off each other, and that was big.”
End of third quarter: Heat 75-71 Miami goes on 29-10 run after trailing by 9 points and then the Mavericks respond with a mini-run to make it interesting. Dwyane Wade has 27 points on 11-for-15 shooting while LeBron James has 18 and Mike Bibby has added 14 on four 3-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki continues his offensive struggles with just 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. He is now 13 for 33 in the series.
Halftime: Tied at 51: Believe it or not, the Mavericks were ahead 51-42 with 3:01 left in the half and we are finding out the Celtics aren’t the only team who had trouble finishing out quarters against Miami. The Heat ended the break on a 9-0 run with LeBron James on the bench, thanks to 5 points from Dwyane Wade, including the tying 3-pointer with 25.1 left. Wade has 21 points while James has 13 despite three fouls.
Dirk Nowitzki has 9 points on 3-for-10 shooting as but Dallas received 9 points apiece from Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson. Jason Kidd has 3 points and 4 assists.
End of first quarter: Tied at 28: LeBron James is starting to get scary with this 3-point barrage. He canned two in the first quarter and Mike Bibby added two more as both offenses opened up. Shawn Marion leads Dallas with 6 points while Dirk Nowitzki, bad finger and all, has 4. Dwyane Wade and James each have 8 while Chris Bosh has 4. Former Northeastern standout J.J. Barea hit his first shot, a good sign after his 1-for-8 performance in Game 1.