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Dallas hadn’t had one 30-point quarter in these finals. The Mavs have had two tonight.

Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers have 13 for Miami, while Wade has 11. For Dallas, Nowitzki has 16 _ and the Mavs are shooting 66 percent, compared with 51 for Miami.

“The Heat have no chance guarding Dirk right now,” Suns guard Steve Nash, Nowitzki’s best friend, just tweeted. “I’d mix it up some and put Lebron on him. Might not matter he’s that good.”

That sound you may hear is Erik Spoelstra losing his mind in the Heat locker room. A 66 percent half in field-goal defense is about as unacceptable as forgetting your uniform on a road trip.

Also, we just had our first “Beat the Heat” chants of this series. It’s not the first in Dallas during the playoffs, however. The Mavs fans were yelling it _ and drowned out Rick Carlisle’s speech _ during the celebration of the Western Conference title.

See you in the third.


Eddie House is getting his first playing time of the NBA finals for the Heat.

Smart move for a lot of reasons.

One, everyone who’s around this team can tell something is not right with James Jones, who has his back wrapped during every game, but no pronouncement of any back injury. House is an energy and speed guy, which the Heat want even more of against the Mavs.

Plus, House getting to his spots might extend the floor and help Dwyane Wade and LeBron James even more, especially since Wade is making his money going to the rim in this series.

Wade is grabbing at his left hip a lot, however. Trying to stay loose through the bruise, and adrenaline might be the only good medicine now.

Sort of the same deal so far as Game 4. Dallas is balanced, a lot of guys involved. Wade and Chris Bosh have 24 for Miami. LeBron update: Still at six points.

Miami 50, Dallas 46, 4:34 left in the half.


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