11:43 - Mahinmi has five fouls in 11 minutes. He’s pulling a Perkins.
11:15 - Momentum changer alert! With the tiny JJ Barea on him, Wade made a nice backdoor cut and finished the tough layup over Dirk, and one…and he too misses the free throw. This is getting out of control—Miami is now 16-for-28 from the line.
10:15 - Barea hits a monster three. Beautiful shake-and-bake on Eddie House and it found the bottom of the net. Gorgeous.
9:30 - Jason Terry somehow stole it from D-Wade and got fouled on the other end by Udonis Haslem. Dallas is up eight. Tick, tock, tick, tock…timeout Heat.
9:00 - Terry. Again. I think he just locked up the MVP award. It’s going to be awkward between him and Dirk for a while.
8:35 - LeBron misses yet another fourth-quarter shot, and this one wasn’t even close. He took Jason Terry off the dribble, spun left and just chucked it off the backboard. Ugly. JJ Barea responded with, surprise, a huge fourth-quarter shot. This one was one of his patented flip shots where you can’t even see him underneath the hoop and it somehow goes in. He continues to amaze me. Timeout by Spoelstra.
Miami has one more chance to come back in this game. Dallas is up 12. In the next three minutes, it is either going to be Dallas up 20 or Dallas up 5—it’s time for LeBron and Wade to dominate. Or, they can go home and cry all summer.
7:38 - Great play by Chalmers, who has been coming up big for Miami all series. He drew a blocking foul and finished the and-one by hitting the free throw.
7:25 - After beginning the game 4-for-21, Dirk does what he does best: fourth-quarter shooting. Drains an 18-footer.
6:35 - LeBron has hit two in a row. Could it be?
6:05 - Following a fantastic hustle play by Tyson Chandler on the offensive boards, Dirk hits yet another spinning, falling finger roll. Chris Bosh responds with a nice and-one. Chandler has five fouls…Dallas up seven.
5:35 - Dirk Nowitzki makes a huge mistake, and turns it over to Chalmers. On the fast break though, Jason Kidd, the veteran that he is, gets into perfect position. After making a nice play on the ball and securing the rebound, Chalmers is called for a reach-in. What a gigantic turn around there—a layup by Chalmers would have made it a five-point game. Let’s see if Dallas can capitalize…
Timeout: As I expected, things are starting to get tense for both teams. Miami fans can barely breath, and Dallas is starting to make some dumb mistakes. Both teams have got to play under-control, smart basketball.
4:35 - Tyson Chandler just grabbed a monster offensive rebound, but Dallas was unable to capitalize.
3:40 - Forget what I said before about Terry locking up the MVP. Dirk just hit another tough fourth-quarter shot. After a gorgeous Wade lay-in, Chandler keeps yet another possession alive with his terrific hustle.
2:30 - Dirk. Nowitzki. Wow. “Great players are just like death and taxes. Sooner or later they are gonna get ya" and "That thing is pretty, and the boss man knows it” are two more gems from Mark Jackson.
2:15 - House misses a three, and Dallas fans are starting to feel it. Jason Terry splashes a jumper, and LeBron responds with a wet three ball. Perfect swoosh.
1:00 - Kidd turnover. This is Miami’s last chance…Wade misses the three!
0:30 - Fitting end to the game! Dirk receives the give-and-go from Jason Kidd and seals the deal with a sweet left-handed layup. Wow. I am so happy right now. Bye bye, LeBron.
0:00 - Dirk runs off the court, fighting back tears. He has just catapulted himself into the discussion of best 15 players in NBA history. Great way to finish.