LeBron James and the Miami Heat will take their act to the heart of Texas to take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. EDT (TV/Radio: ABC/WEEI).
With the series tied 1-1, Nowitzki and company have the opportunity to close out the Heat in the confines of their home arena, needing only three wins to clinch their first ever NBA title.
After losing in Game 1, the Mavericks erased a 15-point deficit with seven minutes left in the game, ultimately winning 95-93 to even the series. Nowitzki, who hit the game-winning lay up with 3.6 seconds to go, finished with 24 points.
Dallas overcame a 36-point outing from Dwyane Wade and a 20-point, eight-rebound evening from LeBron James.
Nowitzki is the Mavericks' leading scorer this postseason, averaging 28.1 points through 17 games. Jason Terry is second in scoring, averaging 16.9 points for the Mavs, and Jason Kidd is the only other Maverick to average double-digit scoring this postseason (12 PPG).
Miami has been led by the superstar duo of James and Wade, who are averaging 25.5 and 24.4 points, respectively, in 17 playoff games. Chris Bosh is averaging 18.2 points and a team-best 8.9 rebounds for the Heat.
After Sunday night's game, the Mavericks host the Heat in Game 4 on Tuesday night.