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Dirk Nowitzki has 21 so far, Tyson Chandler and Jason Terry each with 13 for Dallas.

LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh all have 15 for Miami, with Wade up to 13.

For the Mavs, Rick Carlisle has to be saying, “Keep doing what we’re doing.” For the Heat, Erik Spoelstra has to be saying, “Would you guys mind getting a stop or two along the way?”

Somehow, you get the sense that despite Dallas’ sizzling shooting, Wade’s ailing leg and a still largely un-LeBron-like performance from LeBron, this thing is going down to the end.

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Dirk’s heating. Dwyane’s hurting.

The Miami Heat might be hanging in Game 5 by the slimmest of margins right now.

It’s 73-69 Dallas, 5:59 left in the third quarter. Dirk Nowitzki is up to 21 points on 8 for 13 shooting for the Mavericks, who have cooled off _ yes, cooled off _ to a robust 61 percent from the floor. The Mavs are 8 for 12 from 3-point range.

Wade remains in the locker room, still no word on his return for the stretch run. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each have 13 for Miami.

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Dwyane Wade isn’t starting the second half of the NBA finals, presumably to get extra treatment on his bruised left hip.

Dwyane who?

Mike Miller, who started in his place, just opened the third quarter by nailing a game-tying 3-pointer.

No official updates yet on Wade’s status.

By the way, at least one Mavs fan was very upset at halftime. She ordered a $4 drink from a vendor, gave him a $20 and got back a $10 bill, a $5 bill and a $1 coin in change. The coin set her OFF. It was getting huffy in here, folks.

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