Dallas not done yet

Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd (L) Jason Terry (C) and Tyson Chandler celebrate the win over the Miami Heat during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas, June 7, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

It was funny listening to the pregame show. With the way Mike Wilbon and Jon Barry were talking, you’d think that the Mavs were blown out of Game 2 and were facing elimination. Now, a few hours later, the series is tied and the Mavs will have a chance to take a 3-2 lead at home on Thursday. That would put the Heat the position of having to win both Game 6 and Game 7, which is no easy feat, even at home.

The Mavs have showed resilience throughout the Playoffs, and on a night when their shots weren’t falling, they really turned up the defense in the fourth quarter. Miami scored just five points in the final seven minutes. Dirk Nowitzki, who was battling a fever, struggled to 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting, but Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler picked up the slack, combining for 46 points in the win.

Get ready for LeBron “shrinkage” overload, as the Heat forward went just 3-for-11 from the field for eight points. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists, but that will largely go unnoticed given the criticism he has taken for his lack of assertiveness in the clutch. The Heat are letting Dwyane Wade handle the ball down the stretch and despite his 32 points on the night, he wasn’t effective in the final seven minutes. For his part, Chris Bosh was very solid with 24 points and six rebounds.

The X-factor tonight was Chandler. He nine offensive rebounds (16 total), including three in the final 3:16 to give the Mavs extra possessions, which allowed Dallas to drain the clock further when they finally got the lead.

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