Dirk Nowitzki scored the go-ahead lay up with 3.6 seconds left and finished with 24 points as the Mavericks outlasted the Miami Heat, 95-93, in Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals on Thursday night at American Airlines Arena in South Beach.
Dallas, which tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1, battled Miami to a 51-51 tie at halftime, but was outscored 24-20 in the third quarter.
With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks trailed by 15 points, but Dallas closed out the game on an incredible 22-5 run, capped off by Nowitzki's lay up.
Dwyane Wade (36 points, six assists) missed the potential game-winning three pointer as time expired.
Nowitzki grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Marion collected eight boards for Dallas. Jason Terry scored 16 off the bench and Tyson Chandler added 13 points. Jason Kidd finished with six points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks.
LeBron James scored 20, had eight rebounds and turned the ball over five times. Mike Bibby finished with 14 points and Chris Bosh added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Heat.
The series now transitions to Dallas, where the Mavericks will host the Heat for Games 3, 4 and 5. Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. EDT (TV: ABC/TSN).