MIAMI (AP) — Once again, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are being accused of celebrating prematurely. Again they plead innocent.
The Miami Heat's display of jubilation midway through the fourth quarter Thursday angered the Dallas Mavericks, who then rallied from a 15-point deficit for a stunning victory in Game 2 of the NBA finals. The comeback evened the series at 1-1, with the next three games in Dallas, beginning Sunday.
The Heat denied going overboard with enthusiasm when Wade sank a 3-pointer in front of the Mavericks bench for an 88-73 lead with 7:14 left. James and Wade even denied they celebrated.
The superstar trio of James, Wade and Chris Bosh heard plenty of criticism following an arena spectacle last July after forming their partnership.