- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - It may have been the simplest play the Miami Heat ran all night.

Had it not decided the game _ and given Miami control of the NBA finals _ it wouldn’t have made any highlight reel, generated any interest, ever been replayed. A pick-and-roll, followed by two passes to rotate the ball over to the opposite side of the court. A screen to create space. An easy open jumper.

“Fundamental basketball,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “at its best.”

And with that, the Heat are two wins away from being crowned the NBA’s best.

Chris Bosh’s jumper from the left baseline with 39.6 seconds left after a nifty snap pass by LeBron James broke the ninth and final tie of the game, giving the Heat an 88-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the NBA finals on Sunday night.

The Heat reclaimed home-court advantage in the series, with a 2-1 edge heading into Game 4 on Tuesday.

“We felt this was a must-win,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said after scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. “We had to put it upon ourselves to try to take home court back in a sense, and by any means necessary.”

The Heat wasted a chance to take command of the series in Game 2, frittering away a 15-point lead in the final 7:14.

On Sunday, the Miami lead was once 14, albeit in the second quarter. The Heat led by seven midway through the fourth. Could Dallas come back again?

Well, almost.

Dirk Nowitzki missed a shot that would have tied it on Dallas’ last possession, and the Mavericks dropped their second straight finals home game, although the two were separated by 1,811 days. Miami’s last win in Dallas was June 20, 2006, when the Heat clinched an NBA title with a Game 6 victory.

Until Sunday, Dallas has been a house of horrors for every player on the Heat roster. None of the 15 had a winning record in the city as an opponent. Juwan Howard was 8-10 in road games at Dallas. Mike Bibby was 10-18. Eddie House was 5-8.

And they were the good ones.

James was 2-6 in Dallas as a pro. Haslem was 1-9 and Wade was 1-6 _ their lone win coming in that 2006 title-clincher. Jamaal Magloire was 0-9, Mike Miller was 1-14 and Erick Dampier was 2-11 as an opponent, though it bears noting the Mavericks were 184-59 in home games when he played for Dallas.

But Bosh, winless in all eight of his previous trips to Dallas as a pro, was finally a hero in his hometown.

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