Somehow the Mavs are tied with the Spurs without the regular contributions of their legendary star.
Dirk Nowitzki hasn't had many open shots in the first-round series against San Antonio. Tony Parker usually gets chased all over the court by Dallas defensive ace Shawn Marion.
Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair has been suspended for Game 5 of the first-round series against San Antonio for kicking the Spurs' Tiago Splitter in the head.
The Mavs dug out of a 20-point hole, but this time couldn't close the deal with another crunch-time shot.
The Mavs used a well-worn play to stun the Spurs and set up a crucial Game 4 tonight in American Airlines Center.
It may not even lead to a series victory, but for sheer drama and delirium, Vince Carter's buzzer-beater will always have a special place in Mavericks' history.
Devin Harris was a young lottery pick the last time he helped the Dallas Mavericks have an answer for San Antonio's Tony Parker in the playoffs.
Encouraged by a late lead in Game 1, the Mavs laid a historical whipping on the Spurs in Game 2.
If the Mavs are to beat the Spurs tonight, Devin Harris has to lead the way.
Simple: If the Mavs build a 10-point lead against the Spurs, Dirk Nowitzki has to be good enough to close the deal.