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Miami Bounces Back With a Win in Dallas to Regain the Lead in the Series at 2-1


In some ways, this game played out in a similar way to the previous one where Dallas won in the last seconds of regulation to shock the Miami Heat and leave many people wondering if they had witnessed a turning point in the series.

Miami answered their critics with this performance. After getting off to an excellent start thanks to Dwayne Wade who mentioned that his intention was to “play aggressively”, the Heat found themselves up by 7 at the end of the first quarter. Excellent work in the paint by Wade and LeBron James really exposed the Dallas defence, which looked shaky and unable to cope with the tools that these two were using to split them with. On several occasions, Shawn Marion could be seen watching as Wade danced past him towards the basket. Things got even worse for the home team when a huge buzzer beater from half court by Mario Chalmers sunk to end the first quarter.

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This time it was Dallas who were to go on a run… and it began with? Yeah, you guessed it. Dirk Nowitzki. He has been excellent throughout the playoffs, even in the few games that Dallas has lost and he continues to play well in these finals. He would finish with 34 points and 11 rebounds and would remain perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 9-9 -Excellent shooting from a 7 footer.

Back came Miami with a couple of well-timed break out dunks thanks to steals and blocks from D. Wade and they would go into the half with the score at 47-42 in favour of the Heat.

They started strong to begin the second half thanks to a couple of three pointers from Chalmers, who didn’t just stop at the buzzer beater. He finished with 12 points and hit 4-6 from behind three-point range. But this was the calm before the storm for Miami as Dallas went on the rampage putting together a 17-3 run to take the lead. Chalmers responded with another three and a couple of good moves in the paint by James meant that the Heat were up once again.



Three pointers from Dirk and rebound jams from Tyson Chandler levelled the ball game once again. At this point, it felt like a repeat of game two was on the cards. Until Chris Bosh, who had struggled shooting despite getting 18 big points, knocked down the pressure jumper to put the Heat up by two. This time, it was the Dallas Mavericks who were unable to take the game to overtime with Dirk Nowitzki missing the fade away, which apparently isn’t automatic for him. Who knew?

All of the lead changes and big runs show how resilient both of these two teams are. They haven’t got this far because they crumble under pressure. So Dallas are nowhere near out of this one yet, but they need to be more aggressive early to match Miami’s tenacity on offence. Stay tuned for game 4 as the finals continue to hot up!

All the best from the UK!

Final Score: (MIA) 88 - (DAL) 86


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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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