Wade wills Heat to the verge of title with Game 5 win
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade dropped in 43 points and connected on
two free throws with just 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lead Miami past
Dallas, 101-100, in Game 5 in the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat now lead the series 3-2 and have a chance to eliminate Dallas in Game 6 of the series, scheduled for Tuesday in Dallas.
Dallas seemed tight in the overtime but Miami couldn’t shake them. The Mavericks didn’t hit a bucket until Devin Harris tied things at 97 by draining a 17-foot jumper with 2:26 left.
The Mavs then found themselves on top after Erick Dampier connected on 1-of-2 from the line with just 1:41 on the clock.
Antoine Walker missed a short running jumper but Dallas couldn’t take advantage. Josh Howard drew a foul but missed both from the line giving the Heat a chance to jump back in front with under a minute left.
Miami surprised everyone by going to Gary Payton who drove by Harris and lifted a beautiful left-handed layup high off the glass to make it 99-98 with 29.8 ticks remaining.
The Mavericks had trouble getting into their offense but finally managed to get the ball to Dirk Nowitzki at the foul line. The All-Star drove to the right and lofted a beautiful fall away jumper over Shaquille O’Neal, with 9.1 seconds left, to put the Mavs back on top of the see-saw, 100-99.
There was no doubt who the Heat would go to in the final seconds. Wade dribbled through the entire Dallas defense and managed to draw a foul on Nowitzki with 1.9 seconds left. The superstar calmly drained both free throws to give Miami the edge, 101-100.
Dallas was not able to advance the ball to midcourt because Howard foolishly wasted the team’s last timeout between Wade’s attempts from the line.
Harris’ desperation jumper from midcourt went awry as Miami held on for the victory.