In Game 3, Mavs aim to pick up where they left off

By JAIME ARON | June 4, 2011 | 3:44 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The passes were on target, the shots were falling and the defense made good shots hard to find. The Dallas Mavericks played their best stretch of the NBA finals at the end of Game 2, pulling off a rally that reshaped the series.

Now they have to try keeping it up.

The Mavs go into Game 3 on Sunday night feeling good about themselves because of the way the last game ended and because they will be back home. They also know they have to play like they did down the stretch of the last game to win their first NBA title.

Dallas has outscored Miami in only two of the eight quarters: an ugly 17-16 in the first period of the opener, and 24-18 in their glorious finish to Game 2.