Mavericks must do what has never been done to win NBA title

Jun 6, 2011 6:28 AM

For the Dallas Mavericks to win the NBA title, they must do what has never been done since the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985.

Chris Bosh made a 16-foot, go-ahead jumper from the baseline with 39.6 seconds left and the Heat held on for an 88-86 victory Sunday for a 2-1 lead. When a Final series has been tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 is a perfect 11-0 in that 2-3-2 format.

Game 4 in the best of seven will be Tuesday night in Dallas. The Mirage lists Dallas as a 1½-point favorite. Dallas was favored by 2 in Game 3.

Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bosh overcame a swollen left eyelid caused by a poke during the first quarter to score 18 points. He had seven in the fourth quarter. LeBron James added 17 points and nine assists.

Dirk Nowitzki finished with 34, scoring 15 of the Mavericks’ 22 points in the fourth quarter. Jason Terry had 15 and Shawn Marion 10, but both were blanked over the final 12 minutes.

The Heat go into Game 4 on Tuesday night with a chance to do what they did in 2006: win it all on Dallas’ floor. They’ll need to win that game and the next, on Thursday night.