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Dirk's Bad Pass the Last Costly Turnover for Mavs
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks needed Dirk Nowitzki to keep shooting.

Instead, he threw a pass. And with that, the Mavericks threw away their chance at the lead in the NBA finals.

Nowitzki's turnover was the last and most costly of the Mavericks' 14 Sunday night, and they lost 88-86 to the Miami Heat in Game 3 to fall into a 2-1 deficit.

Nowitzki, perhaps the dominant player this postseason, had carried the Mavs again over the final 6 minutes, scoring their final 12 points to tie it at 86 with 1:40 remaining.

But after Chris Bosh's jumper with 39 seconds left, Nowitzki got the ball but saw his lane close down, so he tried to pass to Shawn Marion along the sideline. He was off balance and the ball soared into the seats with 30 seconds to go.

Given a last attempt after LeBron James' missed 3-pointer, Nowitzki did shoot it on the final possession of the game, but he was well defended by Udonis Haslem and the shot bounced off the rim.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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