FINALS: HEAT TAKE GAME 1

The Miami Heat won Game 1 of the NBA Finals, with the team’s big three stars shining brightly against the Dallas Mavericks.

LeBron James (24 points), Dwyane Wade (22 points) and Chris Bosh (19 points) led Miami to a 92-84 win – despite 27 points from Dallas’ superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

The Heat trailed by eight in the third quarter before turning things around. James hit an off-balanced 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to put Miami ahead by four. Miami limited the Mavericks to just 37 percent shooting.

In a defensive battle, Miami shot poorly as well, making 38 percent from the field. The difference was the Heat’s 16 offensive rebounds and 11 of 24 shooting from the 3-point arc.

After the game Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said: “We’ll play better. I’m very certain of that. Again, we had some opportunities, shots we normally make, they didn’t go down. And so that was tough.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said: “Well, again, that was a grind. It’s tough. That’s (Dallas) a very skilled offensive team. We didn’t get into much of an offensive flow the entire game.”

Game 2 of the NBA Finals is again in Miami on Thursday before the two teams head to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday.

 

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