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Dallas Make a Huge Fourth Quarter Comeback to Tie the NBA Finals 1-1


Dallas came into this game looking to build on their last performance where Miami out played them in most aspects of the game and looking at the scoreline, it would be safe to say that Dallas were somewhat successful. However, the bare bones of the game tell a different story.

Reminiscent of last game, both teams traded points and leads with Dirk Nowitzki showing the consistent shooting ability that we have become accustomed to when watching him and Dwayne Wade adding to the point total that would eventually reach 36 on the night.

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A 10-1 run by Miami was met with a 9-0 run by Dallas and it seemed that the two teams were inseparable as they fought constantly for the momentum. Luckily for the Heat, J.J. Barea, who has impacted so many games throughout the playoffs thus far, had a fairly quiet game, only managing 5 points and a few rebounds. The damage was done with Shawn Marion, however. With Dirk chipping in with consistent points, Marion was working hard both through rebounds and points. He would get 8 boards and 20 points on the night.

With the third quarter underway, a couple of huge dunks by LeBron and Wade put Miami up by 3 after some careless play with the basketball by the Mavs. Mike Bibby proved how valuable he can be to this Heat team after a couple of ‘off’ games by shooting 4-7 from downtown and contributing 14 points to give Miami a seemingly comfortable lead. This became part of a 13-0 for Miami that would put them up by 15 points midway through the fourth quarter after sloppy offensive play by Dallas.

This was when it all started to go right for the Dallas Mavericks. A huge run by them tied the game up with just a minute to go, courtesy of baskets from Dirk, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion.

A three from Nowitzki; Dallas up by three. A three from Mario Chalmers; game tied.

A crucial lay-up from Dirk and a failed attempt from Wade meant that Dallas had completed the comeback as they so often do and this time, it was Miami on the receiving end.



Miami have to bounce back after a loss like this. It can be hugely demoralising to lose such a close game, especially after having such a big lead late in the fourth. Miami should know…they are usually the team making the fourth quarter comeback. But they must take their A game down to Dallas.

I have to say the Mavericks did not play well for large periods of the game. They turned the ball over way too many times and Miami capitalised but neither team could hold onto a lead and that, in the end, was what lost Miami this game.

All the best from the UK!

Final Score (DAL) 95 – (MIA) 93


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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Senior Staff Writer

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