Flu-like symptoms and a 102 degree fever? The Dirk-i-nator has no time for such things. The Dallas Mavericks again played from behind but managed to win with clutch fourth-quarter performances by Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki. Center Tyson Chandler’s 13 point and 16 rebound contribution helped keep the Mavericks close and prevented the Heat from dominating the offensive boards after nabbing nine rebounds in the first quarter.
LeBron James continues to shrink in the playoffs even as teammate Dwayne Wade excels. As tough as the series has been so far, the Mavericks may have a 3-1 lead if not for Wade.
Like game two, the Mavericks delivered the vital win largely due to their defensive efforts by holding the Heat to only fourteen points in the final quarter.
Even with the series tied, Dallas must maintain focus and deliver Miami their first consecutive defeats of the post-season by taking the pivotal fifth game. Accomplishing that, the Mavericks can travel to Miami needing one victory to take their first NBA Championship. Keep the dream alive!
Game five is Thursday @ 8 pm CDT in Dallas.