NBA Finals 2011 Live Blog: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 5 Coverage
After another late game collapse by the Miami Heat in Game 4, the Mavericks were able to knot up the series at two games apiece with an 86-83 victory.
The big headline of the game was the disappearance of Miami superstar LeBron James, who had an uncharacteristic eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Despite his subpar game, the Heat had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation, but Mike Miller air balled a three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime.
Despite a 101-plus fever, Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the victory with 21 points, 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Dwyane Wade continued his MVP-caliber ball, leading the Heat once again with 32 points.
Miami will need Wade's best ball, as well as a rebound game from James, if they are going to want to return home with a 3-2 series lead.
So, the Finals becomes a best-of-three series as Dallas plays its final home game of the year. Without further ado, here is the live blog for Game 5.
Miami calls timeout. Heat up 50-46.
Dirk owns Joel Anthony, draws Dallas within 4.
Weird seqeunces- back-to-back turnovers by both teams.
Eddie House way off- airballs 3 ball.
And Coach Carlisle looks like Jim Carrey. Ok Im Done.
Okay, I have to say this. How similar does Dirk look to the Geiko caveman- like its an very very eery resemblance.
Bosh playing well- back at the charity stripe.
LeBron forces 5th Dallas TO.
Wade already with 8 free throws.
Wade hits 1-of-2 free throws. Miami up 4.
Wade right back to work since his return. 2 quick points, then draws a shooting foul on his infamous pump fake move.
It feels like it's his first minutes of the season.
I don't know why, but I am unusually happy about Eddie House's apperance into the game.
Who likes LeBron's mini violin commercial?
Miami up 47-44 midway in the second quarter..
Wade's hip seems to be fine- he nails a tough banker on a fade away. Heat fans- In Wade you trust.
Eddie House checks in! What?!
Chalmers playing like a starting point guard says Marc Jackson. Well, he used to be one. And I think Bibby is pretty much just a spot filler by this point.
It's been an early three-point flurry. Dallas 5-of-6, Miami 4-5 from beyond the arc.
Chalmers nails another three. he has 9 points in 7 minutes off the bench.
Terry on fire early. His third field goal already off the bench.
Bosh nails a pretty jumper on a step back. He is roasting Bahimi.
It would have had to be "left hip replacement" for him not to return- good one JVG.
This is the Finals- you knew Wade would return. He's Dwyane Wade.
Miami up 40-38. Wade checking back in with a slight limp.
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