Wednesday , Jun , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Final Score: Miami 98, Dallas 96

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – In a game full of pressure-packed moments, Dwyane Wade’s rebound off a rare Dirk Nowitzki missed free throw and his leaping deflection of a lob pass intended for Josh Howard in the closing seconds sealed Miami’s 98-96 victory over Dallas in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade found the perfect balance of caution and aggression, scoring 42 points and pulling down 13 rebounds while playing the majority of the stretch run with five fouls. With its back against the wall, Miami closed the contest with a 22-7 run marked by Wade’s performance with an injured ankle and several key defensive stops. Shaquille O’Neal posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Jason Williams and Antoine Walker donated 12 points apiece for Miami, which now faces a 2-1 series deficit with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday in Miami. The Heat improved to 12-0 when leading at halftime during this postseason and have come out victorious in their last 24 postseason games when holding the edge at the half. Nowitzki scored 30 points to pace the Mavericks while Howard added 21 points. Jason Terry contributed 16 points and Erick Dampier continued his solid NBA Finals with 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss.