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DALLAS (AP) - Not this time, Dirk.

The Miami Heat have control of the NBA finals again. And it was the 2006 formula that worked at the end.

Udonis Haslem bothered Dirk Nowitzki just enough to have the Mavs’ star miss a potentially game-tying jumper at the buzzer, and the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 88-86 on Sunday night.

Game on the line on Thursday night, and the Heat had Chris Bosh guarding Nowitzki. Haslem bottled the Mavs’ leader up often in the 2006 finals and did it at the end on Sunday, too.

The Heat lead the series 2-1 and ensured the Mavs won’t win a title in Dallas this season. Hometown kid Bosh, who was 0-8 in Dallas as a player, got the gamewinner for Miami with just under 40 seconds to play.

The Heat had a chance to seal it with 4.9 seconds left, but LeBron James‘ 3-pointer rimmed out. Dallas got the rebound and called time-out a half-second later.

Didn’t matter.

What a game. What a finish.

And we’ll see you Tuesday night for Game 4.


Crunch time. Here we go. Tie game, 1:16 left in Game 3 of the NBA finals.

Dwyane or Dirk? Who ya got?

Dwyane Wade just gave Miami an 86-84 lead with a jumper from near the top of the key. Dallas fans have seen this before, of course.

Now Dirk Nowitzki answers, a pullup to tie the game again.

In all, 41 fouls have been called so far. Of those, 27 have been on Miami.

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