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High pick and rolls are getting to Dallas.

And LeBron James … a triple-double. His seventh career in the playoffs, 15 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists so far. Of course, the Mavs’ scoreboard just said JJ Barea is the player of the game.

Barea has been great, sure. Northeastern fans, stand up. He’s got 17 points, 4 for 5 from 3-point range.

Dirk’s up to 25. Wade has 20 for Miami.

What. A. Series.

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You know who’ll take over late for Dallas.

Hint: He’s a German fellow.

Who’ll do the takeover for Miami down the stretch?

The question entering this season is still a question now, with 9:35 left in Game 5 of the NBA finals, Dallas leading 90-85.

It seems like Miami is trying to keep Dwyane Wade and his ailing hip involved, and Wade just elevated to block a Dirk Nowitzki shot. LeBron James has 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but isn’t strapping the Miami offense to his shoulders and carrying it yet. Credit to Dallas for that, because you know James is dying to go off.

Say this for Dallas: This crowd is superb.

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Three quarters complete in Dallas. Mavs 84, Heat 79.

Dwyane Wade is on the floor, but he’s on one leg. Dallas is controlling tempo, though the Mavs have to be asking themselves one question: “How are we only up by five?”

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