Basketball: Bosh raises Heat into contention

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The Independent Online

Miami Heat recovered from their Game Two meltdown in the NBA Finals to beat Dallas 88-86 on Sunday and take a 2-1 lead over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven series.

Chris Bosh, a big disappointment in the first two games of the series, provided the winning margin with a 16-foot jump shot with 39.6 seconds left to restore home-court advantage to Miami.

Dirk Nowitzki carried the Mavericks in the final quarter with 15 of his 34 points but his potentially game-tying 18-footer at the buzzer hit the rim and bounced away.

"I've moved on from this win already," said guard Dwyane Wade, who paved the way for Miami with 29 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. "We did nothing but get home-court advantage back."