2011 NBA Finals | Heat vs Mavericks Game 1, Lebron Scores 24 To Win First Ever Finals GameCategory: Basketball
Lebron James is 3 games away from redemption.
Leading the Miami Heat with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Lebron finally win his first ever NBA Finals game with a 92-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks while showing critics this is why he came to Miami in the first place.
In his first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, he was swept by the San Antonio Spurs as Lebron could not do it by himself.
In this Finals – a rematch of the 2006 series, Lebron got help in the form of Dwayne Wade who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Chris Bosh with 19 points and 9 rebounds as the Miami Heat draw first blood in a very defensive-minded game.
Miami got another strong fourth-quarter finish from Wade and James.
The Heat trailed by eight points early in the third quarter before pulling away. Wade’s 3-pointer with 3:06 left put the Heat up 82-73, then the largest lead of the game for either team. The Mavs shaved two points off it on the next possession when Dirk Nowitzki hit two free throws, but James gave the Heat their first double-digit lead of the finals a few seconds later.
He dribbled upcourt against Shawn Marion, crossed his dribble over and got clear for a dunk while being fouled. The free throw made it 85-75.
Dirk Nowitzki made two more free throws – he was 12 for 12 from the line for the game – with 1:36 left, cutting the Miami lead to six.
Wade grabbed a key defensive rebound, dribbled away from three Dallas pursuers and found Bosh for a dunk with 1:08 left that restored the 10-point lead. Another dunk by James came with 38.6 seconds left, sealing the outcome.
Nowitzki scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Dallas, which got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Marion and 12 from Jason Terry.
Check out the Game 1 recap video below:
* Miami is still unbeaten at home in these playoffs while Dallas’ five-game road winning streak was snapped.
* Miami outrebounded Dallas 46-36.
* It was Dallas’ fifth straight loss to Miami in the NBA Finals, dating to the Heat rally for the 2006 crown.
* Dallas led 17-16 after the first quarter, which was the lowest two-team output in the first quarter of Game 1 of a finals in the shot clock era. It tied the fourth-lowest total for any finals quarter since 1955, bettering only the 30 points by the Magic and Lakers in Game 2 in 2009, and the 31 posted by the Jazz and Bulls in 1998’s Game 3 along with the Lakers and Celtics in 1969’s Game 4.
* The Heat shot just 38.8 percent from the floor in this game, but they more than made up for it by making 11 threes in 24 attempts.
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