Mavs take Game 5

Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Terry celebrates a basket against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas, June 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Up by three with 3:38 to play, the Heat were in position to steal Game 5, but the Mavs once again went on a late-game run, outscoring the Heat 15-3 over the final 18 possessions to take a 3-2 series lead.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavs with 29 points and six boards, but the momentum swung on two big three pointers by Jason Kidd and Jason Terry; Terry hit his shot with 0:33 to play from about 26-feet with LeBron in his face. “The Jet” finished with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds. J.J. Barea (17 points, five assists) was terrific in the second half even though he eventually gave way to Terry, who closed the game.

All eyes were on LeBron James and while he registered a triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists), he was awfully quiet in the fourth quarter (two points, 1-3 shooting), which will only increase the scrutiny that he’ll be under for the rest of the series. He did have four assists in the final quarter, but none were in the final six minutes. The Heat did a nice job of posting LeBron up in the first half, but didn’t go to it much in the final two quarters.

Dwyane Wade gutted out a hip injury for 23 points and eight assists, and the Heat really passed the ball well in the fourth quarter until the Mavs were able to tighten the screws. Chris Bosh had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but turned the ball over four times and missed two crucial free throws with less than four minutes to play.

The series moves back to Miami where the Heat face two elimination games to keep their title hopes alive. The momentum is with the Mavs, so their best chance to close out the series will be Game 6.

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