Updated: June 10, 2011, 2:06 AM ET
LeBron James 8-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 17 PTS | -11

His shot was off early, but he actively looked to put pressure on Dallas' defense, had a triple-double and had four assists in the fourth quarter for the Heat, many of them leading to layups. Unfortunately, LeBron had a back-breaking charge and missed 3 in crunch time, and his first fourth-quarter points in two games came in what was essentially garbage time.

Dwyane Wade 6-12 FG |10-12 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 23 PTS | -13

I am rapidly running out of superlatives for Wade. After suffering a hip contusion that sent him to the locker room twice, Wade continued to be an absolute monster, making tough shots and beautiful passes and showing no fear in crunch time. Unfortunately, it once again proved to be not quite enough, and the Heat will have to hope his hip doesn't hinder him in Miami.

Chris Bosh 6-12 FG | 7-9 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -13

Bosh had a very fine game for a third option, scoring both off the dribble and with his midrange jump shot while doing excellent work on the boards. However, he continued to have a lot of trouble with Dirk Nowitzki on defense and was responsible for some key breakdowns for Miami.


Dallas' outside shooting would have been impressive in an empty gym, but the Heat still could have done a much better job of playing defense on a night when their offense looked as good as it has all Finals. Dallas was able to play its game all night because the Heat gave it open 3s, easy dunks and free points at the free throw line.

Dallas Mavericks

You had to figure there would be at least one game in which the Mavericks would simply overpower the Heat with their combination of crisp passing, on-target outside shooting and the brilliance of Dirk Nowitzki, especially at home. The Heat could have afforded it if they had closed out Game 2 or Game 4; as it stands, they'll have to fight for their lives in Miami.

Grades by John Krolik


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