The Dallas Mavericks Move To Within 1 Game Of NBA Championship After Winning Game 5
The Dallas Mavericks moved to within 1 game of clinching the NBA finals with a 112-103 win over the Miami Heat in game 5 on Thursday.
The Mavericks had their 1st good shooting game of the series which they lead 3-2, hitting 65.7% of shots from the floor in the 1st half and an overall game shooting percentage of 56.5%. From beyond the 3 point arc Dallas hit 13 of 19, recording an impressive 68.4% 3 point success rate.
Nowitzki had a steady evening scoring 29 points as the Mavs had 5 players score 13 or more points with Jason Terry having a huge 4th quarter finishing up with 21 points. Terry managed to score 8 points down the stretch with 3:23 remaining in the game, whilst importantly the Heat were held to just 4 points in the final 4:36 of the game.
The Mavs centre Tyson Chandler managed to draw a charge from James immediately after his team regained the lead proving a decisive defensive play. Nowitzki and Terry managed to keep the Mavs on course to see out the game with a 9 point advantage.
It seems coincidental that the 2 players that caused the most damage to the Miami Heat in game 5, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry are the only 2 remaining players on the Mavericks team that suffered a cruel collapse against the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals, losing 4 straight games after winning the 1st 2 in the series finals.