The NBA Finals began and so did the 2006 NBA Finals rematch between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. There are a lot of difference in this series the Heat have home court advantage, team changes and the Heat won game one instead of the Mavs.
The Miami Heat (58-24) holds home court advantage in this as they hosted the Dallas Mavericks (57-25) to kick off the 2011 NBA Finals. The Heat bounced back in 2006 to win their first championship, and looked like they are on their way to number two as they held the Dallas 37.3 percent shooting in a 92-84 victory.
Chris Bosh scored the opening points for the Heat on a pair of free-throws, and LeBron James made a jumper to give the Heat a 4-0 lead. Dirk Nowitzki answered with a jumper of his own and he later made a pair of free-throws to tie the game up.
Bosh broke the tie with a jumper of and also made a layup to give the Heat an 8-5 lead. LeBron James made a three-point play to give the Heat an 11-5 lead. Jason Kidd tried to cut into the Miami lead as he made a pair of three-pointers to get the Mavs within two-points, 13-11.
LeBron James made a three-pointer of his own to give the Heat a four-point led, and force Dallas to take a timeout. Jason Terry answered with a three-pointer of his own coming out of the timeout to get the Mavs within one-point. Terry ended the quarter with a pair of free-throws to take a 17-16 lead.
Chris Bosh opened the second quarter with a jumper to give the Heat an 18-17 lead. Jason Terry made a three-pointer only to have Mike Miller answer with one of his own to give the Heat a 21-20 lead. Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of free-throws to give the Mavs a 22-21 lead.
Mario Chalmers made a free-throw to tie the game up until J.J. Barea made a layup to break the tie for Dallas. Dwyane Wade tied the game back up, and Chris Bosh later made a free-throw to give the Heat a 25-24 lead. Shawn Marion made a jumper to give Dallas the lead back.
LeBron James made a layup and Mario Chalmers added a three-pointer to give Miami a 30-26 lead. Shawn Marion made three free-throws in a row to get the Mavs within one-point, but Dwyane Wade made a three-pointer to make it a 33-29 lead. Dirk Nowitzki made a layup to cut the Heat lead to two-points.
Dallas went on a 10-3 run that gave them a 41-38 lead late in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh made a pair of free-throws to get the Heat within one-point. Jason Terry made a three-pointer to make it a 44-40 lead. Mario Chalmers made a three-pointer of his own, but the Mavs took a 44-43 lead into halftime.
Shawn Marion started the third quarter with a jumper to start a 7-0 run that gave the heat a 51-43 lead after DeShawn Stevenson made a three-pointer. Dwyane Wade made a jumper and a layup to cut into the Mavs lead 51-47. Marion later made a layup to give the Mavs a 53-47 lead.
Chris Bosh made a free-throw and LeBron James made a three-pointer to cut the Mavs lead down to two-points. Brendan Haywood made a pair of free-throws to make it a 55-51 lead for the Mavs. Dwyane Wade made a jumper, but Shawn Marion made a jumper to give the Mavs a 57-53 lead.
Dwyane Wade made a pair of free-throws, and Udonis Haslem made a layup to tie the game up at 57 points apiece. Tyson Chandler made a dunk to break the tie, but LeBron James made a three-pointer to give the Heat a 60-59 lead. The teams traded a pair of free-throws, but the highlight of the quarter was LeBron James knocking down a fade away three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Heat a 65-61 lead.
Dirk Nowitzki opened the fourth quarter with a pair of free-throws to cut the Heats lead to two-points. Mike Miller answered with a three-pointer that pushed Heats lead to five-points. Brendan Haywood made a free-throw and Nowitzki made a layup to get the Mavs within two-points, 68-66.
Udonis Haslem made a jumper and Dwyane Wade made a jumper to give the Heat a 72-66 lead. DeShawn Stevenson made a jumper to try and cut into the lead, but Haslem answered with a three-point play to stretch the Heat’s lead back out 74-69.
The defense was tough as both teams went cold until Tyson Chandler made a free-throw for Mavs and Dwyane Wade made a jumper for the Heat. The score was 77-70 Shawn Marion made a three-point play to make it 77-73. Chris Bosh later made a pair of free-throws to make it a 82-73 Heat lead.
Dwyane Wade made a three-pointer then LeBron James made a driving emphatic dunk that sparked the crowd. He was fouled during the play and capped off the three-point play by making his free-throw. Dirk Nowitzki knocked down a jumper and later made a pair of free-throws to cut into the Heat’s lead 85-79.
The Heat went on a went on a 6-2 run that gave them a 91-79 lead after a Dwyane Wade to LeBron James alley-hoop that sealed the game and put a stamp on it at the same time. Tyson Chandler made a dunk that had the crowd boo as he slammed it down with authority, and Jason Kidd made a three-pointer at the end of the game.
Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade
Dirk Nowitzki hurt his finger during a play where he swiped at Chris Bosh tearing a ligament. The torn ligament is in his none shooting hand, so he said he will play.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points with eight rebounds to lead the Mavs in scoring. Shawn Marion scored 16 points with 10 rebounds as Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler both scored nine points.
The Mavs bench has been the hottest in the NBA this post season, but Jason Terry only scored 12 points with all of them coming in the first half. They combined for a total of 17 points.
LeBron James scored 24 points with nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Miami Heat. Dwayne Wade scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and six assists. Chris Bosh also scored 19 points with nine rebounds.
Mario Chalmers scored 12 points to lead the Heats bench as their bench outscored the Mavs bench 27-17.
Game two will be in South Beach Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM. The Heat hold a 1-0 lead and can protect home court advantage with a win tonight.