POSTED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 9:37pm
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami. Now they can win their first NBA title without ever coming back to South Florida.
Nowitzki made the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Heat 95-93 on Thursday night and tie the NBA finals at one game apiece.
Capping a furious rally by scoring Dallas' final nine points, Nowitzki's final two baskets were left-handed -- despite a torn tendon on that non-shooting hand. He finished with 24 points.
Dwyane Wade had 36 points for Miami, but his desperation 3-pointer was off at the buzzer.
Game 3 is Sunday in Dallas.