Last night the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, 112 – 103, to take their first lead in the series in the finals 3-2.

The entire Mavs team had a good game it seems. Every Mavs starter got into double digits except Shawn Marion who had 8. Dirk led all scorers with 29, followed by Jet Terry off the

bench with 21, then J.J. Barea who finally found his rhythm behind the arch where he went 4 of 5 for his 17 points, then came Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd with 13 each.

The Mavs continue to make their 4th quarters exciting. The Heat briefly took the lead in the 4th but the Mavs responded by outscoring the Heat 17-4 in the final 4:23 of the game.

Dirk continued to do amazing from the free point line where he went 10 for 10 last night. The entire Mavs team was 21 of 27 (77.8%)  from the charity stripe.

Dallas shot 56.5 percent from the field, their highest shooting percentage of the finals. It was also their highest percentage since sweeping the Lakers in the Conference Semifinals and their 2nd highest percentage this postseason. That includes going 13 of 19 (68 percent) from 3-point range.

The Mavericks 13 3-pointers in their Game 5 win Thursday night, one shy of the NBA record for 3's in a Finals game.

Jason "Jet" Terry had this to say about the Mavs improved shooting over the series:

"We are getting the same looks we knew we would get. After Games 1 and 2, you watch it on film, you see it and then you realize you're going to have the opportunities. I said to myself, I said to my teammates, we're not going to continue to miss those open shots that we're getting."

LeBron James continues to struggle in the 4th quarter of the finals. He is averaging 2.2 ppg in the finals and has been held to 2 points or fewer in the finals for the last 4 games.

Dwyane Wade left the game early with a hip contusion after colliding with Brian Cardinal but returned to play. It is uncertain the extent of the injury and if it will affect Game 6.

The Mavs now look to close out the finals as the teams travel the Miami for Game 6. Tip off is set for Sunday in the American Airlines Arena at 8 o’clock.