With about seven minutes left, the Miami Heat had a 15-point lead in the second game of the NBA finals last night, and they started to celebrate--in front of the Dallas Mavericks' bench.
Perhaps that was a mistake.
I think it angered a lot of us, said Mavs center Tyson Chandler. We came out there and we responded.
The Mavs did seem to use the Heat's premature party as a rallying point. They finished the game on a 22-5 run, defeating Miami 95-93 and tying up the series. The teams move to Dallas next to play three games in the American Airlines Center, starting Sunday.
LeBron James didn't hit any shots in the fourth quarter and Dwyane Wade, who scored 36 points, missed his last three--including a last-second three-pointer that would have won it for Miami. At the other end of the court, Dirk Nowitzki once again put his team on his back and carried them to victory, scoring all of Dallas' last nine points.