Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, and Jason Terry plunged the dagger, as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 112-103 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.

Five years after going up 2-0 on the Heat and then folding, the Mavs can wrap up their first championship in Game 6 at Miami on Sunday night.

Nowitzki picked off Miami (NBAE/Getty)

The Mavs shot 60 percent through three quarters, briefly ceded the lead in the fourth, then outscored Miami 17-4 in the final 4:23, standing tall in the final stages just as they did during their immense comebacks in Games 2 and 4.

“We are getting the same looks we knew we would get,” Terry, who scored 21 points including a late clinching three-pointer, said.

“After Games 1 and 2, you watch it on film, you see it and then you realise 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 had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Miami. “As a team, we played well enough to win,” he said. But his contribution, not for the first time this series, wasn’t nearly enough with Dwyane Wade hobbled by a hip injury.

” The good thing about life and the good thing about this game, we get another opportunity, another crack at it,” said Wade. “It comes down to either not closing out games or closing it out.”

Before the game, James had Tweeted: ‘It’s Now or Never!’ Premature then, it is, most definitely, now that simple.

The Heat must now re-group to win both games on their home court to complete their title mission.

Pic: NBAE/Getty

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