The Dallas Mavericks are just one game away from winning the franchise’s first NBA title after beating the Miami Heat 112-103 in Dallas on Thursday.
As has become the custom of late, the Mavs close the game with a flurry, finishing this one on a 15-3 run to secure the victory.
The Mavs shot 56.5 percent from the field and were blazing from beyond the arc, hitting 13 0f 19 from long distance.
The Heat now go home for Game 6 and if necessary, a Game 7 with their backs squarely against the wall.
Dwayne Wade suffered a hip injury and left the game briefly but he scored 23 to lead the Heat. LeBron James responded to a bad Game 4 with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists but it wasn’t enough.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 29 points.