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Mavs Bench Steps Up, Helps Tie Series

by Photo of Tommy Dee

After Three so-so Games, Dallas’ Bench Makes Key Plays in Huge Game

Mavs Bench Steps Up, Helps Tie Series

You can point to Miami's inability to close out the game down the stretch at a critical juncture. You can say that with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh the HEAT have far too much talent to struggle offensively to a tune of just 14 fourth quarter points. But the fact of the matter is Dallas won a critical battle in Game 4 because a hobbling Dirk Nowitzki's teammates had his back all night long.


""Nowitzki fought through a sinus infection and everything else that ailed him and his team to power a 21-9 run over the final 10:12, lifting the Mavericks to a memorable 86-83 victory Tuesday night.

In the final period, Nowitzki scored 10 of his 21 points -- including a driving right-handed layup that spun in off the backboard with 14.4 seconds left -- and grabbed five of his 11 rebounds as Dallas pulled off its second stunning finish this series."

Dirk is, of course, Dirk and he deserves the praise, but so to does the Mavericks role players, particularly those who start the game with warmups on. We talked about how important their production from a shot making perspective was, and that was on display for the games first three quarters allowing for Dirk to conserve energy and take over the game down the stretch. He may be the game's best closer.

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J.J. Barea was injected back into the starting lineup and that sparked the team, but it also sparked DeShawn Stevenson who drilled three critical three pointers, very similar to the production Mario Chalmers gave the HEAT in Game 3 of the series. Chalmers was a complete non-factor in Game 4 and the HEAT's bench managed just 15 points on 18 field goal attempts. 

Jason Terry didn't shoot the ball overly efficient (6-15) but he and Stevenson combined for 28 points.

The HEAT missed out on a chance to put a strangle hold on the series, and have to avoid heading back to South Beach trailing in the series.

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