Heat vs. Mavericks: Follow the lead

Finally we saw the soul-crushing, double-digit defeat we'd expected, although not by the all-star-laden Heat. After coming back to win at the ends three of the first five Finals games, the Mavericks tried something new: Building a lead before halftime and keeping it.

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Points:

Dallas wins, 105-95

Dallas's lone all-star, Dirk Nowitzki, started erratically but closed out the game with 10 points in the fourth quarter and was named MVP of the series.

Miami lost its last lead of the game when Jason Terry sank a three-pointer with 2:26 left in the first half to put Dallas up by 2 points.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

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Points:

Dallas wins, 112-103

Dallas led most of the game — a first in this series — but never by more points than the number of "Zookeeper" promos.

Miami squeaked ahead for 2:31 in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks appeared to allow them to take a four-point lead on three straight layups and a dunk just to keep things interesting.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

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Points:

Dallas wins, 86-83

Dallas and Miami played leapfrog 11 times before the Mavs took the lead for good with 5 minutes to go.

Miami was up by nine points but — perhaps because no one had been poked in the eye? — scored only nine more in the last 10 minutes, while Dallas added 21.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

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Points:

Miami wins, 88-86

Dallas’ biggest lead of the game was five points in the first quarter, while Miami led by as many as 14 in the second quarter and 13 in the third.

Miami’s Chris Bosh, who had been poked in the eye earlier, scored with 39.6 seconds left. Miami avoided another last-second loss when Dirk Nowitzki missed a buzzer-beater that would’ve tied the game.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

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Points:

Dallas wins, 95-93

Dallas built a nine-point lead, then didn’t score for more than four minutes.

Miami flexed and preened over a comfy 15-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, then just when viewers were switching to NCIS reruns, the Mavericks made a 22-5 run to win.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

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Points:

Miami wins, 92-84

Dallas built a six-point lead and held it for 33 whole seconds, but the Heat regained the lead for good late in the third quarter.

Miami came close to a double-digit win, leading by 11 with 9 seconds left.

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Total minutes each team led per quarter

SOURCE: NBA.
GRAPHIC: Bonnie Berkowitz, Heather Billings, Kat Downs, Dan Keating and Laura Stanton - The Washington Post.
Published June 9, 2011.