Now it really is “now or never” for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and the Mavericks beat the Heat 112-103 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the 2011 NBA Finals. James, who called this game “now or never,” responded from his worst playoff performance with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Dwyane Wade battled through a sore left hip after a first-quarter collision to finish with 23 points. LeBron’s shot was off early, but he actively looked to put pressure on Dallas’ defense, had a triple-double and had four assists in the fourth quarter for the Heat, many of them leading to layups. Unfortunately, LeBron had a back-breaking charge and missed 3 in crunch time, and his first fourth-quarter points in two games came in what was essentially garbage time. They really do need to win both games in Miami now. Go Heat!
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