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NBA Finals: Dallas win Game 5 to seize control with 3 - 2 series lead

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dirk_nowitzki3The NBA Finals just gave us another twist in the plot as the Dallas Mavericks took the lead in the best of seven series for the first time. The Mavs hosted Game 5 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and managed to trump Miami 112 – 103 thanks to all round performances from the starters as well as the bench. It was a rare offensively strong performance from both teams in this series with the teams scoring over 50% from the field. The Mavs go up 3 – 2 in this excruciatingly close series between two teams battling like their life depended on it.

Dallas were led by the German Giant Dirk Nowitzki who shot 29 points on the night with Jason Terry having a mammoth 21 point game from the bench to add potency to the team's offense. The hosts were stronger from the field as well as from the arc 56% and 68% in comparison to Miami's 52% and 40% respectively. The visitors were led by Dwayne Wade who is having an unusually awesome series in this year's playoffs. Wade shot 23 points on the night despite missing a chunk of the game with sore hip thanks to a nasty first quarter collision.

LeBron James' triple double effort consisting of 17 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds coupled with Bosh's 19 points weren't good enough to put off Dallas, who were on the money offensively. The Mavs have been one of the stronger offensive teams in the league this season and after 4 gruesome defensive battles against the Heat, they were finally able to showcase their talent on the attack. The likes of JJ Barea had another impressive night and he has certainly been a keep component in this strong and united Dallas team. Barea scored 17 points going 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

"We made more shots," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We did a lot of good things defensively, which led to good offense. ... You never know when the games are going to go that way. The thing we've got to do is we've got to make sure our defense is consistent."

"I could have made a couple of more plays for my team," James said. "But at the end of the day, all it's about is a win or a loss. Triple-double means absolutely nothing in a loss. So we will be better in Game 6 on Sunday."

Game 6 heads back to Miami and things are already a lot different from the 2006 NBA Finals. Dallas after going up 2 – 0 in that series lost the next 4 games to lose the Championship but this time they have to win one of the next 2 games in Miami to clinch their first NBA title in franchise history. The Heat have home court advantage heading into the home stretch and will feel almost equally confident of winning the series. It is panning out to be one of greatest NBA Finals in recent memory with every game going right down to the wire and one wouldn't be surprised at all if this series goes to a Game 7, in fact it'll only be fitting if that happens. Looking forward to Game 6 on Sunday!