This is by far the most convincing win for the Miami Heat because they were able to withstand the dreaded late rally that the Mavericks have been doing since the start of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Now I can say that the beast in the Miami Heat has already been awaken. In game 2 the Heat were not wise enough in defending Dirk Nowitzki's shooting but today in Game 3, Udonis Haslem took it upon himself to defend Dirk Nowitzki in the last 5 seconds of the ball game. Dirk was not able to make the game tying basket. As a result the Heat won game 3. The final score was 88 to 86. The Heat now leads the 2011 NBA Finals best of 7 series 2 games to 1. 2 more wins and the Heat will claim their newest NBA championship. That will also be the start of the Miami Heat's dynasty.
Dallas was able to crawl back into the game because of JJ Barea's hustle to get the 50:50 balls and they were also able to score several points in the paint and from the free throw line. In the first half, Dallas had a whopping 22 inside points courtesy of Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion. Barea's style of playing in this game was like Steve Nash because he was able to faciilitate the ball well and he was able to shoot some threes. Dirk on the other hand led Dallas in getting the most needed points from the free throw line. They had several free throw shots in this game and most of Dirk's 16 points in the 3rd quarter came from the free throw line. Miami never visited the free throw line in the 3rd quarter. That's the biggest advantage that Dallas had in this game. But in the end, Dallas was not able to carry their momentum over the rampaging Miami Heat because they had several turnovers in this game. They had at least 10 turnovers in this game and take note, 3 out of those 10 turnovers came from Jason Kidd. He's the most unlikely Maverick to commit such a huge number of turnovers.
With regard to the Heat's scoring, Dallas was fortunate that LeBron James was not able to get his usual points in this game. He only had 17 points in this game. But still, the other big time players of the Heat, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were able to get their shots to go inside the basket. Bosh played with a blurry left eye after he got poked by a Dallas player. Wade was the biggest scorer for the Heat. He had 29 points and 11 rebounds in this all important momentum booster game 3. Game 4 will be on Tuesday, American Time, and Wednesday, Philippine Time, still at Dallas.
Here's the replay video highlights of the Game 3 of Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA 2011 Finals series courtesy of YouTube.