12:15 AM ET
MIAMI — During the first timeout Thursday, a video paying tribute to the rivalry between Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki played on the AmericanAirlines Arena video boards, showing highlights from both of their NBA Finals meetings and using the hashtag #ONELASTTIME.
In the final meeting between the future Hall of Famers, Wade got the last word. He scored six of his 11 points in the final 2:22 to help the Miami Heat move back into the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed with a 105-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Heat’s win gave Wade the slightest edge in the career series against Nowitzki. Wade’s teams and Nowitzki’s Mavericks had split the previous 34 games between them, including the Heat’s 2006 Finals victory and the Mavs’ repaying the favor in the 2011 Finals.
However, the history between the legends wasn’t on Wade’s mind down the stretch, he said. He swished a go-ahead jumper with 2:22 remaining, drained a pair of free throws to protect the lead with 20 seconds left and sealed the Heat’s victory with a steal and layup. It capped the first time in 11 tries that Miami came back from a double-digit halftime deficit this