The Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks have split the first four games of the NBA Finals and have set basketball fans up for what could be a great game five. Who do you think will win? Voice your opinion on the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog Daily Debate. Below is a series recap.
The Heat won game one 92-84, led by LeBron James with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but the Mavericks rebounded in game two to win 95-93, led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 24 points and 11 rebounds, to snatch the home-field advantage from the Heat.
The Heat won game three in Dallas to steal home-field advantage back, 88-86, led by Dwayne Wade with 29 points, and the Mavericks tied the series at two in game four, 86-83, led by Dirk Nowitzki with 21 points and 11 rebounds, who had a fever of 101 degrees.
In both Miami losses, they led in the fourth quarter, by 15 and 9 points, respectively, before a Miami player’s celebration seemed to spark Dallas. In game two, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James celebrated in front of the Dallas bench after Dwyane Wade nailed a three-pointer with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter to give the Heat an 88-73 lead, but a 20-2 run by the Dallas Mavericks, led by Jason Terry with eight points and Dirk Nowitzki with seven points, gave the Mavericks a 93-90 lead, on their way to a 95-93 win. In game four, Mario Chalmers trash talk after Miami took a 74-65 lead with 10:12 left in the fourth quarter inspired the Mavericks to a 21-9 run that earned an 86-83 victory.
Dwyane Wade leads all scorers in the series with 29.8 points, while Dirk Nowitzki leads the Mavericks with 26.5 points. LeBron James has scored 25 combined points in the two games in Dallas, lowlighted by 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in game four, and is averaging just 17.3 points during the series. Chris Bosh is the second leading scoring for the Heat with 18.3 points, while Jason Terry has come off the bench scoring 15.0, while Shawn Marion has averaged 15.5 points.