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|Heat Fade in 4th, Lose Home Court Edge in Finals
|MIAMI (AP) -- From up by 15 points with 7 minutes left, to losing home-court advantage in the NBA finals.
In a season of challenges for the Miami Heat, here comes the biggest task _ recovering after blowing a chance to take a two-game lead over the Dallas Mavericks.
Ahead 88-73 after Dwyane Wade made a 3-pointer with 7:14 left, Miami had the home fans roaring. Dirk Nowitzki's game-winning layup with 3.6 seconds remaining left them silenced, and now all Dallas needs to do to win the NBA title is win three games on its home court, starting with Game 3 on Sunday night.
Final score: Mavs 95, Heat 93, and the Heat left in sheer disbelief. After that 3-pointer by Wade, Dallas closed the game on a 22-5 run.
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