Heat, Mavs tied at 51 at halftime

By STEVEN WINE | June 2, 2011 | 10:28 PM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) reacts after dunking the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball game Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat scored the final nine points of the second quarter to tie the Dallas Mavericks 51-51 at halftime in Game 2 of the NBA finals.

Dwyane Wade had 21 points for the Heat, whose surge late in the half Thursday night came after LeBron James went to the bench with his third foul.

Miami came into the game leading the best-of-seven series 1-0. The Heat are trying for the franchise's second title after topping Dallas in six games in the 2006 finals.

Wade shot 9 for 13 from the field, blocked two shots and added three steals and three assists. James had 12 points and five rebounds.

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, playing with his left middle finger wrapped after tearing a tendon late in Game 1, was 3 for 10 and had nine points.