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"They picked up the aggression and it got us out of the flow of the offense where we were taking shots at the end of the shot clock. I know I took a few fadeaway 3s at the end of the shot clock because we couldn't get into our offense," James said. "It's something we'll work on and be better on in Game 3."
Of course, the Heat's offense would look a lot better if Chris Bosh's shot was falling.
Though he's averaging 15.5 points, he was 4 of 16 from the floor Thursday and is just 9 of 34 in the series as he prepares for three games in his hometown.
"We're faced with a challenge," Bosh said. "We're going to have to go and win on the road. And we've had to do that before, so we shouldn't be surprised that that's our situation now."
Victory seemed so assured for the Mavs midway through the 2006 series that plans for the championship victory parade began to leak out before the series moved to Miami after two games.
Nowitzki, one of two holdovers from that team, had to live with questions about the collapse ever since, overshadowing an MVP award and all his other accomplishments. But he's writing a new legacy along with his team this postseason, becoming better known for playing from behind.
The Mavericks wiped out deficits in Game 1 against the Lakers and Game 4 against Oklahoma City in the previous two rounds, and didn't lose a game in either series from there. After coming back from at least 15 down for the third time this postseason, the Mavs have become a team that's just as dangerous playing from behind.
"I don't know if confidence is the right word," Kidd said. "We just don't break."
But the Heat say they welcome the adversity. After all, they were just 9-8 after losing in their last trip to Dallas, so they're used to overcoming it.
"It's a ballgame now," James said. "With the series tied 1-1, we're looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be a difficult challenge for us but we're looking forward to it. We're a confident bunch. We play great on the road. It's going to be a hostile environment. Their fans and team are going to bring everything they have. We have to come out with it all."
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