Final, Heat 92-84: Folks we have seen this result before. The Heat beat the Mavericks the same way they beat the Celtics. They were particularly impressive in the first three quarters, hung around, and then captured the game with a fourth-quarter run and strong defense. It’s the same way they beat the Celtics and it is beginning to look like no one has the answer for Miami.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 27 points but on just 7-for-18 shooting and one 3-pointer. The rest of the Mavericks were putrid, combining to go 18 for 49 from the field (36.7 percent) for just 57 points. Shawn Marion helped out with 16 points but Jason Terry was nonexistent in the second half, going scoreless.
The Miami Big Three scored 65 of the 92 points but LeBron James won another game with his 3-point shooting. He was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc and hit three late in the third quarter to give Miami the edge for good.
End of third quarter: Heat 65-61: Miami ended the quarter on a 22-10 run after the Mavericks scored the first 7 points to race to a 51-43 lead. LeBron James was the story here with three 3-pointers in the quarter, including a fadeaway 26-footer at the buzzer that sent the crowd into a frenzy. James had 19 points after three quarters while Dirk Nowitzki had 17 on 5-for-14 shooting.
Halftime: Mavs 44-43: A brutal and physical defensive game as both teams are shooting under 40 percent. Mario Chalmers has been the biggest surprise with 10 points off the bench, 9 on 3-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki is working hard for his 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting as Miami is sending two and three defenders at him. LeBron James has 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting while Dwyane Wade has 10, going 3 of 10 from the field.
End of first quarter: Mavs 17-16: It was an ugly quarter for both teams but the Mavericks played a brilliant defensive quarter, forcing Miami’s Big Three into some difficult shots. Miami dominated the boards and received 6 points and 5 rebounds from Dallas native Chris Bosh. Dirk Nowitzki was limited to 3 points on 1-for-3 shooting.