Updated: June 8, 2011, 2:04 AM ET
LeBron James 3-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 8 PTS | -6

You can focus on some nice rebounds or some good work as a facilitator, but the bottom line is that this was a horrible performance from LeBron. He was passive offensively, missed some easy looks when he did try to score, and had his worst defensive game of the series.

Dwyane Wade 13-20 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 32 PTS | -7

Wade continued to be the head of the snake for Miami offensively, moving off the ball brilliantly and slicing through Dallas' D with ease. With LeBron spending much of the game in The Twilight Zone, the Heat desperately needed Wade, and he showed up in a big way. He missed a FT with 29 seconds to play and fumbled the inbounds on the final posession, but this loss is not on him.

Chris Bosh 9-19 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -2

Bosh looked great in the first half, getting himself going with some midrange jumpers out of the triple-threat early and using that to free up lanes to the basket after that. However, his game stopped clicking in the second half, and his turnovers (four) were a few too many.

Closing The Game

For the fourth time, the Heat had a big lead in the fourth quarter: this time, it was a nine-point lead with little more than 10 minutes to play. And once again, the Heat failed to keep their foot on the gas pedal, and let the Mavs back in the game. This could have been a sweep if the Heat minded their P's and Q's, but they've allowed it to become a best-of-three series.

Dallas Mavericks

Call them a zombie team. Big leads don't deter them, missed shots don't stop them from taking the next one, Miami's swarming defense doesn't frustrate them, and no fever was strong enough to keep Dirk Nowitzki from making a huge impact. Everyone knew how skilled the Mavericks were, but it's clear their toughness is just as impressive.

Grades by John Krolik


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