It was Dwyane Wade's night, and LeBron was mostly content to sit back and watch the fireworks. Still, LeBron did what was asked of him, scoring efficiently when he did decide to shoot and making invaluable contributions to Miami's swarming defense. Then in crunch time, he shrunk, going for hero shots instead of trying to run the offense correctly.
Wade started the game in attack mode, and he never took his foot off the gas pedal. Simply put, this was the Wade that has haunted Dirk Nowitzki's nightmares for the past half-decade. Then Dirk did to Wade what Wade did to him in 2006.
Bosh did a lot of things well. He was aggressive on both ends, he played with energy and his work on the boards was exemplary. Still, he hasn't been making his shots at all, and going at Tyson Chandler does not seem to be working for him. On defense, his last-possession work on Dirk left something to be desired.
The Heat were supposed to have worked past this over the course of these playoffs. But at the worst possible time, with the Heat cruising to what looked like an easy win, they collapsed. If they don't win these Finals, this game will haunt them for a long time.
They were down. They were out. They were facing an almost-certain 2-0 deficit. Then the Mavericks made one of the most incredible comebacks in Finals history, and a clutch 3-pointer and layup by Dirk Nowitzki tied up the series for the Mavericks. What a game. What a series.