While it was a close game throughout one gets the disquieting feeling that the Miami Heat were merely playing with their food. If the Dallas Mavericks managed to hit a few baskets in a row while getting a few stops, the Heat would reel them back within minutes.
It was eerily similar to Game 4 in Oklahoma City on Monday night. The Thunder lead for most of the game and by as much as seven points deep into the fourth quarter.
With their comeback from 15 down with 5 minutes to play the Dallas Mavericks effectively closed the door on the OKC Thunder’s season. Dallas ended their 17-2 run with two clutch free throws by Dirk Nowitzki to force OT.
The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time in regaining the home court advantage. They increased their 15 point first quarter lead with an 8 point run to start the second. From their they hung on to the end. OKC cut into the lead, drawing to within 16 by halftime, 12 points by the end of the third and down to 5 at points late in the fourth.
The Oklahoma City Thunder flipped the script on the veteran Mavericks in Dallas. The series is tied 1-1. The series resumes in OKC on Saturday.
It was a Dirk-a-licious night for the Dallas Mavericks as the big German scored 48 points on 12-15 from the floor and an NBA record 24-24 from the line.
Fanhouse reports that James Harrison will skip the Steelers’ visit to the White House next week.