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Friday, June 3, 2011
Another big comeback for Dirk, Mavericks

By ESPN Stats & Info

The Dallas Mavericks ended the game on a 22-5 run, holding the Miami Heat to 1-for-10 shooting over the final 6:19. The Mavericks made nine of their final 10 shots covering the same span.

Dallas is the first team to win an NBA Finals game after trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter since June 14, 1992, when the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers (according to Elias).

Through three quarters, the Heat were 17-for-26 from inside 15 feet, with Dwyane Wade going 10-for-11. In the fourth, they stopped going inside, attempting just four of their 18 shots from inside 15 feet. Over the final 6:19, Miami attempted only one shot from that range, a missed layup by LeBron James.

Dirk Nowitzki scored the Mavericks’ last nine points, going 4-for-5 from the floor, and scored or assisted on 12 of their last 14 points. Jason Terry scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

The Mavs shot 54.3 percent (19-for-35) when Nowitzki had a touch on the possession, including 77.8 percent (7-for-9) in the fourth.

Chris Bosh got the call to guard Nowitzki on the final Mavericks possession. In Game 1, Nowitzki was 0-for-2 when guarded by Bosh, but that changed in Game 2. Nowitzki was 2-for-2 and scored six points -- including the game-winning field goal -- with Bosh defending.

It’s the fifth time this postseason Dallas has won after trailing through three quarters, tied for the most over the past 15 seasons (2010-11 Heat and 2002-03 Mavericks).

Three times during this postseason a team has come back from a deficit of 15 points or more. According to Elias, it occurred just once in the previous 10 NBA postseasons; in 2002 the Boston Celtics came back to beat the New Jersey Nets.

Wade finished with 36 points, the fifth time in his past six NBA Finals games with at least 35 points. Entering tonight, the Heat were 11-0 in playoff games in which Wade scored 35. Wade had 13 of Miami's 34 field goals.

James scored 20 points, but didn't make a field goal in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-4, including 0-for-2 from three-point range. His only two points came from the free throw line.