Game 1 of the NBA Finals went to the Miami Heat Tuesday night, as they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 at American Airlines Arena in South Beach. LeBron James (24 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl) was spectacular, earning his first ever NBA Finals victory.
Less than a year after the "decision" transformed them into villains, the Miami Heat will play in the NBA Finals. Will LeBron James and Dwyane Wade win a ring in year one together? Or will Dirk Nowitzki and the explosive Dallas Mavericks bring home their first championship?
Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd, who has never won an NBA championship, says he plans on playing next year, whether or not his team wins this year's NBA Finals. Jeff Caplan, of ESPNDallas.com, has the story, below.
The Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls last night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals by the score of 83-80. Chicago watched a 12 point lead disappear in the final 3 minutes, as LeBron James and the Heat closed the game on an 18-3 run. Miami will face the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
Two days after losing Game 2 at home, the Dallas Mavericks win Game 3 on the road, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-87. Dallas led by as many as 23 points. Oklahoma City made a charge late, but the gap proved to be too wide.
Tyson Chandler has never garnered the headlines given to some of his all-star teammates. However, the Mavericks addition of Chandler last offseason is paying huge dividends this postseason. The Mavs identity changed when Tyson showed up. Suddenly defense and toughness were being used to describe Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks made a statement last night in the Los Angeles Staples Center. A winning recipe of stable defense anchored by Tyson Chandler, coupled with proficient offense led by Dirk Nowitzki, resulted in a 93-81 victory for the road team. The Mavs return home for Game 3 and 4 with a dominant 2-0 series lead over the Lakers.
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