2011 NBA Finals | Heat vs Mavericks Game 5, Lebron Nets Triple-Double in LossCategory: Basketball
Coming off from his worst playoff performance ever in Game 4, Lebron James vowed to step-up in Game 5.
He did, delivering the first triple-double in Miami Heat’s playoff history with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. However, when it mattered, he failed again.
In the final five minutes, 59 seconds, James missed two of his three shots, had no assists, no rebounds and a turnover.
Dallas beat Miami 112-103 and the Mavericks are now up 3-2 heading into Sunday’s Game 6 back in Florida.
The Mavs shot 60 percent through three quarters, briefly gave up the lead in the fourth, then outscored Miami 17-4 in the final 4:23, controlling the final few minutes just as they had in thrilling comebacks in Games 2 and 4. Dallas shot 56.5 percent from the field, including 13 of 19 (68 percent) from 3-point range.
“I could have made a couple of more plays for my team. But at the end of the day, all it’s about is a win or a loss. Triple-double means absolutely nothing in a loss. So we will be better in Game 6 on Sunday.”
Dwyane Wade battled through a sore left hip after a first-quarter collision to finish with 23 points. Chris Bosh had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat.
Jason Terry scored 21 points and J.J. Barea had 17 for the Mavs. Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler both finished with 13 points.
Check out the Game 5 recap video (mini-movie) below:
* James’ triple-double was was the 29th in Finals history.
* In the 26 previous finals that were tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner won 19 of them.
* This one has been developing into one of the closest finals the NBA has ever seen. Games 2-4 were decided by three points or fewer. That hadn’t happened in the championship round since 1948 when the Baltimore Bullets and Philadelphia Warriors played Games 2-4 within a three-point margin.
* The first four games were determined by 15 total points, the fewest since a 12-game difference between the Celtics and Lakers in the 1969 finals.
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