By taking a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals the Dallas Mavericks have effectively erased the horror of the 2006 finals. One more win and it’s buried forever – vindication will be theirs.
There were too many fourth quarter heroes to name. Dirk Nowitzki rained three pointers from the rafters, J.J. Barea hit timely shots, Jason Terry threw deadly daggers late in the shot clock and Tyson Chandler absorbed a LeBron James charge during crunch time. It was an instant classic and should the Mavericks manage to take one of the next two games, it will be remembered forever by their fans.
LeBron James posted a triple-double but once again disappeared in the fourth quarter. He missed several three point attempts and was called for a charge the one time he drove to the basket.
The Miami Heat had five players in double figures but it wasn’t enough as Dallas had an answer throughout the contest. When the Heat took their first lead of the second half, the Mavericks shut them down, ending the game on a 15-3 run. Even with the 112-103 win they have yet to hold a double-digit lead at any point in the series.
Game six is Sunday @ 8 pm CDT in Miami.