DALLAS — Now that Miami has a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals, Game 4 takes on a new sense of urgency for Dallas.
"We had a shot," said Mavericks guard Jason Terry. "That's all you can ask for."
Lose Game 4 and Dallas would fall behind three games to one, and that's something they don't want to do.
"No, this is our chance to tie it up, and we definitely can't go down 3-1," said Mavericks guard Jason Kidd.
"We have to win Game 4," said Heat forward Chris Bosh. "It's a must-win for us to accomplish what we want to accomplish."
Dallas was hoping to use home court advantage to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Instead, it's Miami that's back in charge, and any momentum that Dallas had from Game 2 has now evaporated.
"I think our goal going into game four is we've got to put one of those 48 minute games together," says Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
"We want to come in with the right mindset, with a sense of focus and with a sense of urgency," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra on Monday. "It's not bigger than that. We're not talking about anything else but coming in and trying to get tomorrow night’s game."
No team likes to admit that they're out-manned in a series — especially in the finals. But when it comes to players who can close out a game, Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki.
Miami? Well, they've got a few more.
Sunday night it was Chris Bosh who delivered the game-winning shot, not LeBron James or Dwayne Wade.
And while Dirk Nowitzki didn't deliver the game-winner, Terry knows he needs to do more. This past season, he was third in the league in fourth quarter scoring.
On Sunday night, he was 0-for-4 in the final quarter.
"I take it to heart," Terry said. "Obviously the success of this team is predicated on the fourth quarter, me and Dirk, being opportunistic with the basketball. He's had a lot of opportunities and he's gotten it done. Two out of three games, I have not.”
Terry and the Mavericks get another shot on Tuesday.
Watch Game 4 live on WFAA Channel 8, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Dale Hansen's "Destination NBA Title."