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May 12, 2021

NBA: Heat regain lead by beating Dallas

The Miami Heat recovered from their Game Two meltdown in the NBA Finals to beat Dallas 88-86 and take a 2-1 lead over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven series, according to Eurosport.

Chris Bosh, who had been a big disappointment in the first two games of the series, provided the winning margin for Miami on a 16-foot jump shot with 39.6 seconds left to restore home-court advantage to the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki carried the Mavericks in the final quarter with 15 of his 34 points but his potentially game-tying 18-footer at the buzzer hit the rim and bounced away.

“I moved on from this win already,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, who paved the way for the Heat with 29 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. “We did nothing but get home-court advantage back. But the next game is a big game. We have to bring our hard hats, understanding it’s going to be tougher to win that game than it was to win this one. I believe in this team.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the series, which continues on Tuesday in Dallas, is far from over.

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