In the only way Game 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals could finish, the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat battled it out over the final minutes of the game. Ultimately, Dallas emerged with their third win of this series, 112-103. The Mavs used a 17-4 run during the final minutes of the game to build to that final score.
Miami did hold a 100-97 lead with 3:30 left on the clock, but they had trouble sinking shots. LeBron James scored his two fourth-quarter points with 30 seconds left in the game. He did, however, finish with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade was in and out of the game due to a hip injury sustained in the first quarter and finished with 23 points (10 by free throw). But he, James and Chris Bosh accounted for 12 of the team's 16 turnovers.
This was a well-shot game for both teams, but the Mavericks were especially hot by shooting over 60 percent for most of the game. They finished at 56.5 percent, but shot an outstanding 13-of-19 from beyond the arc. J.J. Barea, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry combined to make 10 three-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki led the team with 29 points (10 free throws made) and seven rebounds. Terry's three with 33 seconds on the clock put the Mavericks up by seven and gave them momentum as time wound down.
This series resumes on Sunday in Miami with Dallas holding a 3-2 lead in the series.
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