NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 5 Report Card

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NBA Finals 2011: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 5 Report Card
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Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the game that LeBron James called the biggest of his life, has just concluded.  As has occurred throughout his career, especially in the playoffs, James was virtually a non-factor in the last quarter.  Despite a triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists), the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 112-103 to take a three games to two lead and send the series back to South Beach.

Overall, it was a phenomenal game.  Both teams played their best down to the wire, and the better team came out on top in the end.  In fact, this just might have been the best game of the entire 2011 NBA playoffs.

As much as I've hated on Miami in the past, I've got to hand it to them.  They were astounding tonight, but their old ways just kept them from going home with a game up on Dallas.  That being said, let's grade both teams on all facets of tonight's game.

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