- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - The NBA finals are a best-of-three series now.

And LeBron James had a night to forget.

Dallas 86, Miami 83 is your final, despite 32 points from Dwyane Wade and 24 from Chris Bosh for the Heat. James had only eight, the first time in more than four years he was in single-digits.

To do it on the NBA’s biggest stage, well, that’s going to get scrutinized a tiny bit over the next 48 hours. Game 5 is Thursday night.

Dirk Nowitzki fought off a fever and scored 21 for Dallas, which doesn’t have the home-court advantage, but plenty of momentum heading into Thursday.

See you then.

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Down to the wire, again. You expected anything less?

Dallas 82, Miami 80, 1:53 left.

LeBron James has eight points. None in the fourth so far. Hard to imagine that Miami would be this close, with James struggling this much with his shot, 3 for 11 to this point.

Both teams relying a lot on the 3-pointer, looking for the knockout.

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Mavs fans have awoken.

Who says defense is boring, anyway?

Looking for a season-saving win, Dallas has a 80-78 lead with 4:36 left in Game 4 of the NBA finals. The Mavs have held Miami to nine points so far in the final quarter.

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