Final: Mavericks 105-95: Dallas used an 8-0 run early in the second half to provide the knockout blow and Miami had nothing left to offer. Dirk Nowitzki wins the Finals MVP awarded by Bill Russell. Meanwhile the new Big Three come up empty. The rest of the Mavericks besides Nowitzki shoot 32 for 55.
End of third quarter: Mavericks 81, Heat 72: Dallas used pinpoint shooting and good defense to create some distance. Dirk Nowitzki is struggling but he gave the Mavericks a 71-65 lead with a 3-pointer. LeBron James, after 9 early points, has scored just 5 and also have five turnovers.
Halftime: Mavericks 53, Heat 51: If the Mavericks were told that Dirk Nowitzki would go 1 for 12 from the field and they would lead by 2, they would take it. And that’s the case as Nowitzki has missed a slew of open looks but Jason Terry (19 points) has picked up the slack. The Heat responded from a 12-point deficit with a 14-0 run, keyed by former Celtic Eddie House, who is playing his best game of the season. He has 9 points off the bench. LeBron James has 11, but just 2 in the second quarter.
End of first quarter: Mavericks 32, Heat 27: Miami started out strong, racing to a 20-11 lead and looking like it was ready to blow the Mavericks out of the water. But Dallas withstood the charge and make a 21-4 run behind pinpoint shooting. Dirk Nowitzki scored just 2 points in the quarter but Jason Terry scored 9. LeBron James started off with 9 quick points but Miami couldn’t stop Dallas and only a Eddie House 3-pointer prevented an 8-point hole.
Well the stage is set folks, the Heat need to win two games to win the title that nobody in Boston wants to see happen. The Mavericks are in the same position as the Celtics last year when they needed to win one of two games on the road to seal the title. The Celtics fell short, let’s see what Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks do.