2011 NBA Finals | Heat vs Mavericks Game 2, Nowitzki and Terry Led Furious Rally in Come From Behind VictoryCategory: Basketball
The Miami Heat might have celebrated too early.
Up 15 by points 88-73 with 7:15 remaining in the game, you really can’t blame them. They are on a 13-0 run and seems headed for a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Mavericks in their 2011 NBA Finals series.
But as proven in games 4 and 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Western Conference Finals series, this Dallas team is clutch.
Jason Terry fueled the furious rally with a couple of jumpers while Dirk Nowitzki scored Dallas’ final nine points while holding the Heat to just one field goal from there to make one of the most stirring come-from-behind victories in NBA Finals history.
Dirk Nowitzki made a layup that tied it at 90 with 57 seconds to play. After two missed 3-pointers by Lebron, Nowitzki made one to put the Mavs ahead 93-90.
A 3-pointer by Mario Chalmers with 24.5 seconds left tied the game one more time.
After a timeout, Jason Kidd ran the clock down before getting the ball to Nowitzki, who drove into the lane, spun back to the left and made the layup as the Mavericks win, 95-93.
Wade tried a desperation 3-pointer at the end, bouncing away as he tumbled to the court, one of his rare missteps in a night where he finished with 36 points.
James and Dwyane Wade—who started 22 for 28 from the field in the game—closed a combined 0 for 7. James missed four shots in the last 7 minutes, including two 3-pointers on the same possession that got extended with an offensive rebound by Wade. But James kept the ball at the top of the key for most of that stint, the Heat never seeming to even get into a play, much less executing one. The Heat suddenly went cold in crunch time, holding the ball too long on possessions and forcing James and Wade to attempt long jumpers with the shot clock winding down, instead of playing to their strengths and driving into the lane.
Wade led all scorers with 36 points while forward LeBron James had 20 points and eight rebounds. The Mavs had four players in double-figures, including Shawn Marion (20 points), Jason Terry (16) and Tyson Chandler (13).
Check out the Game 2 recap video below:
* Dallas outscored Miami 24-18 in the last 12 minutes as the Heat missed 10 of their last 11 shots.
* The Heat shot 53 percent in the first 41 minutes, and 9 percent the rest of the way.
* The Heat lost for the first time in 10 games at home in the playoffs.
* Before this game, the Heat had outscored teams in the fourth quarter of their last five playoff games.
* The Mavs are the first team to rally from a 15-point deficit in the Finals since the Chicago Bulls against the Portland Trailblazers in 1992.
* It’s the 12th time since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 finals format that teams split the opening two games. Teams holding home-court advantage recovered to win eight of the previous 11 series, including last year when the Lakers topped the Celtics in seven games
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