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NBA Finals, Game 5 Score: Mavericks Lead Heat 84-79 After Third Quarter

The Dallas Mavericks lead the Miami Heat 84-79 after three quarters in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. 

Dallas is still shooting lights out - as a team, the Mavericks are shooting 60% (33-55). including 64.3% from three point range (9-14). 

Dirk Nowitzki continues to lead the Mavericks in points, with 21 as the game heads into the fourth quarter. Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler are both tied for second in scoring with each of them having scored 13 points. 

The Mavs have held LeBron James to 15 points on 7-15 shooting. Dwyane Wade, who has been on and off the court thanks to a hip injury, has just 13 points in 21 minutes. 

Game 5 marks the first time the Mavericks have led the Heat headed into the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals. Of course, as the Mavericks will tell you from their two wins in the NBA Finals, the fourth quarter is the one that matters.

Hopefully the Mavericks can seal the deal and take a 3-2 series lead into Miami.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.