by Brett Edwards
D. Wade and the Heat rallied from 13 down with 6:30 to play to take Game 3 of the Finals. It was a nice comeback for the Heat, as they led by double digits in the first half before getting blown out in he 3rd quarter 34-16. For Heat fans, it's nice to know that you won't be getting swept out of the Finals, but the Heat are still extremely overmatched in this series. Consider all that had to go right for Miami to get the Game 3 W:
- Wade had to score a career high 42 points on 14-26 shooting.
- Gary Payton made his only shot of the game, a 20-footer with the shot clock expiring and 9 seconds left in the game. This was a very difficult shot, as GP had to pump fake his defender, then take one dribble before shooting. He hasn't made a shot like that in about 3 years. This gave the Heat the lead and was effectively the game-winner.
- Shaq made 2 (dare I say clutch?) free throws with 1:47 left that cut the dallas lead to 3. This is no small feat, considering he was 2-16 (that's 12.5%, people) from the line entering this game.
- Dirk missed a free throw with 3 seconds left that would have tied the game. This too was no small feat, as Dirk had shot 94% from the line the first two games of the series, and was 10-11 from the line in this game before missing the one that would have tied the game.
That's a lot of things going Miami's way, and all that resulted in just a 2-point home win in a game that they had to have. I still expect this series to be over by Saturday. As Riley again mentioned, "The basketball gods were with us tonight." I think that's an understatement.