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Miami Grinds out the Win Against Dallas to Take Game One of the NBA Finals


Maybe it was the magnitude of the occasion, but neither team could get it going offensively in the first minutes of the first quarter. Needless to say, both teams were successful on the defensive side of the ball and with Erik Spoelstra telling his players to “grind it out”; it seemed as though it could be a long night for both the Mavericks and the Heat.

A couple of threes by the veteran Jason Kidd and LeBron James helped to settle the nerves for the two teams as baskets were traded. Chris Bosh looked strong moving into the second quarter, putting down dunks with enough tenacity to ignite this Heat team but meanwhile Shawn Marion helped out for Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki was…well, Dirk Nowitski. Hand in his face or off one leg, he will still get nothing but net. He was absolutely outstanding in the Oklahoma series and although he was 7-18 in this one, he was still perfect from the free-throw line, making 12 of 12. He was the highest scorer of the night and finished with 27 points.

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LeBron was having none of it though. He was thinking ‘three’ all night long and he delivered. He made 4-5 from downtown and really began to take the game out of reach. Dallas kept on scoring but with Dwayne Wade (whose injury has clearly disappeared after this double-double performance) and James working as a pair, Miami just out ‘everything-ed’ them. They looked faster, more clinical, more enthusiastic, more hungry and because of all this, they looked more confident. Don’t get me wrong, Dallas didn’t play badly, but the Heat, on the back of King James, went up a gear and didn’t come back down until 48 minutes had been played.

We know from following Miami throughout these playoffs how good they are in the fourth quarter and this game was no different. The hot streak was carried well into the fourth with Udonis Haslem making sure that the momentum stayed firmly with the Heat. The game still looked close, however, especially when Shawn Marion went to the line for a potential three-point play to take Dallas within 5. But more threes from James, more jumpers from Wade and an ally-oop between the two of them finally spelled the end for the Mavs.



But here’s the thing…this is just the first game and there is so much more basketball to play! The next game remains in Miami but it will be interesting to see how the games pan down in Dallas in a few days, so make sure you stay tuned!

All the best from the UK!

Final Score (DAL) 84 – (MIA) 92


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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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