Updated: June 6, 2011, 12:28 AM ET
LeBron James 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 17 PTS | +1
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LeBron's shot wasn't on, but he served as the team's primary facilitator and made some earth-shattering dunks to keep the Mavericks from loading up too hard on Wade. Still, James didn't look like the best player on the floor, and he missed a jumper with just more than five seconds to play that could have iced the game for Miami. Fortunately, Nowitzki didn't make James pay for it.

Dwyane Wade 12-21 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 29 PTS | -1
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Wade was again aggressive early, putting constant pressure on the Dallas defense. And while coach Erik Spoelstra probably would have liked to see more movement late, Wade stepped up to hit some tough "hero" jump shots that the Heat absolutely needed to hang on.

Chris Bosh 7-18 FG |4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -10
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You can blame Bosh's shooting struggles on the eye injury he suffered early in the game, but it's not like he was playing very well in Games 1 or 2, either. Still, give Bosh credit for stepping up and getting seven clutch fourth-quarter points, including a key jumper with 39 seconds left.

Being ready for the moment
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After the Game 2 collapse, things looked bad for the Heat when they blew a late lead and allowed Game 3 to come down to the final possession. Still, the Heat hung tough, and have a 2-1 series lead because nobody was scared to step up and make the big shot, whether it was Wade, Bosh, Udonis Haslem or Mario Chalmers, who made four key 3-pointers.

Dallas Mavericks
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If Dallas goes down in this series, it's not going down quietly. The Mavs again refused to fold, even though they faced big deficits for most of the game, and their defense went to another level in the second half. And even though Dirk Nowitzki missed a potential game-tying basket, the legend of his crunch-time prowess continues to grow. It bears repeating: This is shaping up to be a great series.

Grades by John Krolik

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