Dirk Nowitzki showed why he's the big man in Dallas by making the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back from 15 points down with 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 95-93 on Thursday night and tie the NBA finals at one game apiece.
Capping a furious rally by scoring Dallas' final nine points, Nowitzki's final two baskets were left-handed—despite a torn tendon on his non-shooting hand.
Dwyane Wade had 36 points for Miami, but his desperation 3-pointer was off at the buzzer.
Teams travel to Dallas for games 3, 4 and 5 and if the stars align for Dallas they can win the NBA Championship on home court.
The updated NBA Championship odds are:
The Mavs have gone from heavy underdogs at the beginning of the week to slight underdogs. If they win game 3 they will clear favorites to win the championship.
Series at a Glance
Dallas vs. Miami: Series tied 1-1
Game 1: at MIA DAL 84, MIA 92 - Final
Game 2: at MIA DAL 95, MIA 93 - Final
Game 3: at DAL Sun, Jun 05 - 8:00 pm EDT TV: ABC, TSN
Game 4: at DAL Tue, Jun 07 - 9:00 pm EDT TV: ABC, TSN
Game 5: at DAL Thu, Jun 09 - 9:00 pm EDT TV: ABC, TSN
*Game 6: at MIA Sun, Jun 12 - 8:00 pm EDT TV: ABC, TSN
*Game 7: at MIA Tue, Jun 14 - 9:00 pm EDT TV: ABC, TSN
* - If necessary