During the third quarter when the Mavericks took a 10 point lead over the Heat, I was going to start and write about how the Heat had no heart. What I saw on the court was pathetic. How can they be Eastern Conference champions and lose at home when they most needed it? The basketball nation was ready to point and laugh at the Heat. Then I was going to wish a sweep to end the misery of this lopsided final.
Then I started to see Miami slowly creep back in. A double digit deficit turned into single digits. Dallas turned as cold as a Dairy Queen Blizzard in the fourth quarter. Miami started to heat up like the sun beating down on a Blizzard. Then bizarre things started to happen.
With Miami down by four points with 1:47 left, Shaq had a chance to redeem himself with two free throw attempt. He made them both. Gary Payton, who hadnt take a shot the whole game, makes a 21 foot jumper with :09 seconds to finally put them in the lead. Then with Dallas down by two points with :03 seconds left on the clock, Dirk Nowitzski, around a 90% free throw shooter is on the line. He makes the first but misses the next. Miami wins. Tropical Storm Alberto must have puffed on that one a bit.
Miami showed heart. They showed determination even when they led the whole game only to give up that lead in the third quarter. So I take back everything I was going to say about Miami. They just might make this an interesting series. They just have to do this all again in game 4.
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