Game 1 is in the books and the Miami Heat are 3 wins away from their goal. The Big 3 were just part of another total team effort as the Heat beat the Mavericks 92-84. Dallas came into this game with a high octane offense, the Heat came into this game boasting one of the NBA’s better defensive units. Well defense won this game as Miami held Dallas to just 37.3% shooting, Dallas did hold the Heat to 38% in the loss. Many people assume that the Heat spend an absurd amount of time at the free throw line, well not in this game as Dallas had 32 attempts to the Heat’s 26 attempts. Miami didn’t even take advantage of their trips to the line only connecting on 73% of them. Dallas played some pretty inspiring D for a half, the only member of the Big 3 that went off in the 1st half was Bosh. Bosh finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds, Mario Chalmers had a great first half as well knocking down several 3’s! Dirk was Dirk througout the night getting his points with ease, the Mavs led at the half. The 2nd half started with a run by the Mavericks, then the other 2 of the big 3 got going. They combined for 17 points in the first half and they EXPLODED for 29 points in the 2nd half. The difference down the stretch was Miami’s defense hit another gear, they were EVERYWHERE. Their rotations were perfect, every shot was contested, and they got out in transition. If Miami’s defense continues to play at this level, Dallas can really be in some trouble. Other than Dirk, the Mavs really struggled to score. They need production from their bench and they hardly got any in Game 1. Game 2 is Thursday in Miami, Dallas needs to shoot better to steal Game 2. They aslso need to be just as focused on D!!
-Dirk has ruptured a tendon in his non-shooting hand
-Dallas shot only 1 two point attempt in the first 16 minutes
-LeBron hit 4 of 5 shots from three
-Miami won the battle of the benches 27-17