- Created on Friday, 03 June 2011 11:06
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Staff and Wire Reports
Any pain in Dirk Nowitzki's left hand wouldn't have hurt nearly as much as a 2-0 deficit.
Nowitzki shook off an injury to his non-shooting hand and made the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Miami Heat 95-93 on Thursday night and tie the series at one game apiece.
Capping a furious rally by scoring Dallas' final nine points, Nowitzki made two late baskets left-handed - despite a torn tendon on his middle finger. He finished with 24 points, saying the finger felt fine.
Nowitzki was hurt in Game 1 when he slapped at the ball trying to make a steal from Chris Bosh. He fiddled with various braces and splints over the last two days before settling on a small one that sat lower on the finger and allowed him to keep a good feel of the ball.
Dwyane Wade had 36 points for Miami, but his desperation 3-pointer was off at the buzzer. LeBron James scored 20 points for the Heat.
He and Wade were running by and over the older Mavs for three quarters, and it appeared the only thing that could slow them down was that big trophy they would soon be holding.
Not so fast.
The Heat suddenly went cold, holding the ball too long on possessions and forcing James and Wade to attempt long jumpers with the shot clock winding down, instead of playing to their strengths and driving into the lane.
The Heat lost for the first time in 10 games at home in the playoffs and will have to win at least once in Dallas to force the series back here.
Mavs backup center Brendan Haywood committed a foul 47 seconds into the fourth quarter and went immediately to the locker room with an apparent injury.
Game 3 is Sunday in Dallas.