Mavs ride crisp shooting to 3-2 lead in NBA finals

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DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of their first championship in the most fitting of ways: They cranked up their offense.

As much as coach Rick Carlisle preaches defense, this franchise that rose to prominence a decade ago by outscoring 'em did exactly that in Game 5 of the NBA finals, riding 29 points from Dirk Nowitzki and 13 3-pointers to a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night for a 3-2 series lead.

The Mavs are headed to Miami looking to finish on Sunday night what they started in 2006. Dallas took a 2-0 series led there, only to drop the next four games. This time, the Mavericks only need to win one of the last two to make Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and everyone else on the roster NBA champs for the first time.

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