Flu-like symptoms and a fever of 102 degrees? The Dirk-i-nator has not time for such things. The Dallas Mavericks again played from behind for most of the game but managed to take another victory 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 continuing to dominate the offensive boards after nabbing nine in the first quarter.
Obviously, the next two games are must wins for the Mavericks – they simply must get back to Miami up 3-2 for any hope of taking the championship.
Dirk’s only 3 pointer with 27 seconds remaining gave the Mavericks their first lead since the second quarter and his drive to the basket sealed the deal with 3 seconds to go. The funniest part? Wade’s flop fail on his desperation attempt at the end. Oh, I loved that. For once, the referees got one right.
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.