NBA Finals 2011 – Dallas (112) Beats Miami (103) in Game 5 to Gain 3-2 Series Lead

It was close game all through-out. Lebron James did his best to take over the game with a triple-double but in the closing minutes of the game, he had an offensive foul and missed a crucial 3-pointer.

With just 1:26 left in the clock, the Mavs were up by five, 100-105. Bosh splits his two free throws, leaving Dallas with 4-point lead. Jason Terry then makes a huge 3-pointer to put their lead up to 7 points, 100-108. Lebron goes for a layup to put the lead down to five. The Heat went for an intentional foul and Kidd hits the two free throws, putting the Dallas lead back to seven, 103-110. Wade missed a 3-pointer in what seems to be their last hope. Terry closes the game by sinking two free throws. The game ends at 103-112. Dallas wins Game 5 and is now in the brink of winning the 2011 NBA Finals, with a 3-2 series lead.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, including a game-turning dunk with 2:45 remaining on the clock. Four other Mavs players had double-digit scores. Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler finishes with 13 points apiece, J.J. Barea scored 17 points and the late game hero, Jason Terry, scored 21 points.

Lebron James promised to improve his game (and who said it’s “now or never”) but failed to deliver, again, in the fourth quarter. However he finishes up with a triple-double, 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dwayne Wade finishes up with 23 points and 8 assists despite having a hip injury. Chris Bosh added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dallas Mavericks will have a chance to close the series and win the NBA title on Game 6 as they head back to Miami on June 12th. The game starts at 8PM EDT.

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