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NBA Finals 2011 Live: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 2 Live Blog

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 02:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks makes the game-winning shot to put the Mavericks up 95-93 with 3.6 seconds left in the game against Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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John FrielAnalyst IJune 2, 2011

Good evening basketball fans, allow me to introduce you to the live blog of game two between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.

The Heat lead the series 1-0 after a 92-84 game one win where Miami used another fourth quarter run to distance themselves from their opponent. After facing a one point deficit at the half, Miami outscored Dallas by nine points in the second half and even overcame an early eight point deficit after Dallas ran off seven consecutive points to start the half.

LeBron James led the way for Miami with 24 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Dwyane Wade overcame a slow start and hit a number of big buckets down the stretch to finish with 22 points, ten rebounds, and six assists. Chris Bosh finished with 19 points nine rebounds and Mario Chalmers came off the bench to score 12.

Dallas was led by Dirk Nowitzki who finished with 27 points and eight rebounds, but didn't see too much support from anywhere else. Their usual second option in Jason Terry finished with 12 points, all of those coming in the first half. Shawn Marion was the only other player in double-digits as he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The biggest stories to come from the game were the injuries suffered by Nowitzki and the Heat's Mike Miller. While going for a steal, Nowitzki tore a ligament in a finger on his non-shooting hand and is set to play tonight as expected. Miller suffered a shoulder injury while contending for a rebound and is expected to play as well.

This is the last game in Miami until game six, so consider this another must win for the Heat. Miami is undefeated at home and the Mavericks are 5-2 on the road.

Both teams will run the same lineups as game one. Joey Crawford, Ed Malloy, and Ken Mauer will be tonight's officials.

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