MIAMI – The Miami Heat had just gone on a 13-0 run to take a 88-73 lead with 7:14 left to go in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Dallas Mavericks had gone eight straight possessions without a score.
Then came a 22-5 Mavs run that stunned the crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena, forced hundreds of media to rewrite their stories in a manner of minutes, and tied the series at one game apiece.
Here’s each Dallas possession from the 6:50 mark of the fourth quarter on Thursday.
4th Quarter – Possession No. 12
After Dwyane Wade misses a pull-up three, Jason Kidd gets the ball up the floor quickly. Dirk Nowitzki gets free in the mid-post as Udonis Haslem doubles Kidd. Once Nowitzki gets the ball into the paint, he’s swarmed by four Heat defenders and Jason Terry gets free on the opposite side after cutting along the baseline. Nowitzki gets the ball to Terry, who hits a wide-open 15-footer.
Time: 6:19. Score: MIA 88, DAL 75
4th Quarter – Possession No. 13
Terry contests a Mario Chalmers 3-point attempt from the left wing which hits the front rim and bounds out toward the free throw line. Kidd picks up the long rebound and hits Terry, who leaked out once Chalmers’ shot went up, on the run for an easy lay-up.
Time: 5:45. Score: MIA 88, DAL 77
4th Quarter – Possession No. 14
After LeBron James misses a drive to the basket, Kidd again gets the ball up the floor quickly and hits Shawn Marion on the left block. Marion is stopped by Wade and fires the ball across the court Terry, who is defended by Chalmers. Terry drives right from the right wing and pulls up 12 feet from the basket. As he goes up for a shot, Chalmers hits him on the arm and is called for the foul. Terry hits both free throws.
Time: 5:21. Score: MIA 88, DAL 79
4th Quarter – Possession No. 15
After Chris Bosh misses a long jumper and the Heat deflect the ball out of bounds on the Dallas break, the Mavs inbound the ball to Kidd in the post against Chalmers. Kidd dribbles the ball out and Nowitzki sets a pair of screens, but the Heat defend them well. Kidd finally gets the ball to Nowitzki 28 feet from the basket with just nine seconds on the shot clock. He backs Bosh down to the left elbow and feeds Marion on the right wing. With James hedging toward Nowitzki, Marion has a lane to the basket. He splits between James and Wade and hits a running bank shot with three seconds on the shot clock.
Time: 4:33. Score: MIA 88, DAL 81
4th Quarter – Possession No. 16
After James hits a pair of free throws to put the Heat back up nine, Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler set a double-screen for Terry. He can’t get free, so he passes the ball to Kidd, who gets the ball to Nowitzki on the left wing with 13 seconds on the shot clock. Nowitzki is double-teamed by Haslem and Bosh, so he takes one dribble and finds Kidd all alone near the top of the key. Kidd hits a wide-open three for the Mavs’ fifth straight score.
Time: 3:54. Score: MIA 90, DAL 84
4th Quarter – Possession No. 17
The Mavs play great defense and force James into a contested pull-up three. On the other end, Kidd gets the ball to Nowitzki on the left block and he’s immediately double-teamed by Bosh and Haslem again. He gets the ball back to Kidd who sends it across the court to Terry, who takes Chalmers off the dribble and hits a pull-up jumper from the right elbow with Chalmers’ hand in his face.
Time: 3:11. Score: MIA 90, DAL 86
4th Quarter – Possession No. 18
After Bosh loses the ball out of bounds under the Heat basket, the Mavs run the double-screen for Terry again. With James, Bosh and Haslem all focused on the ball, Nowitzki slips the screen and Terry finds him open on the left wing. Wade is late coming over from the weak side and Nowitzki drains a 19-footer to make it a two-point game.
Time: 2:44. Score: MIA 90, DAL 88
4th Quarter – Possession No. 19
After Haslem misses an open elbow jumper, the Mavs run two separate double-screens for Terry, but he can’t get free. The ball ends up in Nowitzki’s hands at the top of the key again. He takes Haslem to the elbow and gets him in the air with a pump fake, but James comes off Chandler and blocks Nowitzki’s shot. Kidd gets the ball and throws a one-handed heave toward the rim with three seconds on the shot clock. Chandler gets his hands on it, but Wade gets between him and rim and the ball hits off the backboard into Haslem’s hands. It’s the only time the Mavs don’t score in their final 11 possessions.
Time: 1:55. Score: MIA 90, DAL 88
4th Quarter – Possession No. 20
The Heat get two offensive rebounds, but Terry knocks the ball out of Haslem’s hands after the second. Instead of letting the ball go out of bounds, Haslem saves it and tosses it out beyond the 3-point line. Marion, James and Chalmers all go for it, Marion gets to it first and knocks it to Terry. With James’ and Chalmers’ momentum going the wrong way, the Mavs have a three-on-one break. Terry passes the ball ahead to Marion, who waits for Bosh to commit and passes to Nowitzki. He finishes with the left hand.
Time: 0:57.6. Score: MIA 90, DAL 90
4th Quarter – Possession No. 21
Wade misses a contested pull-up 3-pointer. The Mavs, once again, run the double-screen for Terry on the left side. As he dribbles toward the top of the key, Chandler sets another screen for Nowitzki. Terry gets the ball back to Nowitzki, who drains a three with Haslem caught in Chandler’s screen.
“I told the guards, ‘Whoever comes off me and Dirk’s screen, before you look to the strong side, look back to the weak side, because I think I can get him open for a good look,’” Chandler said afterward. “And right then, the next play, I was able to get that pick. And I was just holding it, because I knew, I saw Bosh in front of me and I was picking Haslem, so I figured [Nowitzki] would be somewhere behind me getting a good look.”
Time: 0:26.7. Score: DAL 93, MIA 90
4th Quarter – Possession No. 22
After Chalmers ties the game with a corner three off the inbounds pass, the Mavs take a timeout and inbound the ball to Kidd, who holds it on the right side of the floor to run down the clock. With 11 seconds left, Terry sets a pin-down screen for Nowitzki on the left side. That gives Nowitzki the space he needs to catch Kidd’s pass at the top of the key, but Bosh recovers after the catch.
The Mavs spread the floor and the Heat don’t send a second defender as Nowitzki backs Bosh down to the left elbow. Bosh seems to be anticipating a turn-around jumper, because he allows Nowitzki to get past him with a left-handed dribble. Haslem is late coming from the weak side and Nowitzki puts in another lefty lay-up.
Time: 0:03.6. Score: DAL 95, MIA 93
At that point, the Heat were out of timeouts. They do a pretty good job of getting the ball down the floor, but Wade’s running 30-footer is no good.