DALLAS - The Miami Heat didn't blow this one. Now they're just two wins from being crowned NBA champions.
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 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night for a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
Recent history says this is a huge win for the Heat. The Game 3 winner in a tied Finals has won the championship all 11 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985.
Miami blew a 15-point lead in the last quarter of Game 2. The Heat already had wasted a 14-point lead in this game when they went back ahead, 81-75, with 6 minutes, 31 seconds left. They knew Dirk Nowitzki would drive Dallas' rally, but he burned them anyway for 12 straight points - six free throws, a layup, a dunk, and a tough jumper.