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Dirk Nowitzki had to go to the bench, but no problem for the Dallas Mavericks the way Jason Terry came off it.

Terry came in and hit a jumper and a 3-pointer on his first two attempts, pulling the Mavericks within 22-20 with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter.

Nowitzki went to the bench with 5:11 left after picking up his second personal foul. Brian Cardinal replaced him, and Terry entered at the same time.

Terry struggled for most of four games, kept telling everyone eventually the shots would start falling, and they did in Game 5, when he hit two late 3-pointers among his 21 points.

Apparently he’s still in rhythm.

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Great start for LeBron James.

Of course, all people want to talk about are his finishes.

He’s got nine points in the first 4:15, powering the Heat to a 14-10 lead. Best part for the Heat is his outside shot is falling. He nailed a 3-pointer to open the scoring and just hit a long 2-pointer that sent Dallas into a timeout.

James seemed to be losing confidence in his jumper while the Heat lost the last two games. But when it’s falling, the way it was against Boston and Chicago in the last two rounds, he is perhaps the most unguardable player in the game.

Yet, none of this matters too much until we see what he does in the fourth quarter. He’s got only 11 points in five games in that period, the biggest story in this series.

If he keeps up this pace, maybe the fourth quarter won’t matter tonight.

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Struggling with the idea that this could be the last game of the season.

It’s been a thrilling finals and one more game would be great, but that’s not necessarily the reason.

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