Mavericks Even Series After Epic Comeback
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks made an enormous comeback erasing a 15-point 4th quarter deficit to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals 95-93.
The Dallas Mavericks trailed the Miami Heat 88-73 with 7:15 remaining. Dallas went on a 22-5 run to win Game 2 in Miami. Dirk Nowitzki was clutch down the stretch hitting a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left to give the Mavericks a 93-90 lead. After a Mario Chalmers 3-pointer just 2 seconds later, Nowitzki scored the game-winning basket by hitting a layup with 3.6 seconds to go. Dwyane Wade missed a desperation 3 at the end of the game to seal a 95-93 Dallas win.
This was a monstrous win by the Mavs. The odds of winning a championship would have been overwhelmingly against Dallas if they lost this game and were trailing in the series 0-2. Dallas finally took care of the basketball down the stretch. The Mavericks turned the ball over 18 times in the game, but executed exceptionally well at the end of the game.
Dwyane Wade scored 36 points for Miami but was scoreless in the final seven minutes. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Nowitzki's performance in the final minute was the signature moment of his career. He also hit the winning layup by using his left hand after tearing a tendon in his left middle finger during Game 1. The criticisms of Dirk being soft are starting to become a distant memory. The series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday night in Dallas at 9pm ET.