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“In the playoffs, for some reason, you’re always on the edge,” he said. “You don’t sleep much. You think basketball 24-7. I can enjoy it hopefully next week when we’re on vacation.”

The Mavs have needed fourth-quarter rallies in each of their three wins. But they keep getting smaller, from 12 to nine to four. In the last game, Dallas also had the luxury of playing from ahead most of the night, a first in this series.

The best sign for the Mavericks was how many guys were scoring.

Terry, Jason Kidd and J.J. Barea all had their most productive games of the series, pacing an offense that blistered the Heat’s vaunted defense. Dallas was especially good on 3s, making 13 of 19.

“We’re happy with our performance,” Kidd said, “but there’s always room to get better.”

Like on defense.

While Dallas made 56.5 percent of its shots, Miami made 52.9 and scored 103 points, its best this postseason. Easy buckets fueled a fourth-quarter rally that put the Heat ahead and made the Mavericks need yet another late rally.

Terry was right in the middle of Dallas’ 15-3 closing kick.

He made an open, straightway 3-pointer that tied it at 100, then fed Nowitzki for the dunk that put the Mavericks back ahead for good. Terry turned playmaker again on the next score, driving into the lane and dishing back out to Kidd for a 3-pointer that extended Dallas’ lead.

His best shot followed, a 3-pointer from the right side, released just over the outstretched arms of LeBron James. It was especially sweet for Terry because James had kept him from scoring in the fourth quarter of both games Dallas lost.

Terry also backed up some big words, as he’d yapped for days that James couldn’t shut him down every night and that the Mavs wouldn’t lose if they scored 100 points.

“Ever since I’ve been a Maverick, I’ve been the guy in the fourth quarter they depended on to either make plays or make shots, so I really relish in that role,” said Terry, who had eight of his 21 points in the final period. “Thank God I was able to do that again.”

He’ll be even more thankful if he can avoid looking up the phone number of a tattoo removal expert. And for the record, Terry vowed late Thursday that the trophy tattoo “is my last one.”

“I’m not ever getting another one,” he said, smiling and tapping his biceps.