LeBron James scored 24 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists as the Miami Heat cruised to a 92-84 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game one of the NBA Finals on May 31 at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
James, who left the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer to join Heat star guard Dwyane Wade in quest of a championship, played a game-high 45 minutes, resting only three minutes of the game. Wade finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Heat forward Chris Bosh added 19 points with 9 rebounds.
“Feels good because it’s the first game and we played well as a team,” James said after the game. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. … That’s one in the books. We’re excited about this game. Tomorrow we prepare for Game 2, and I see ways we can get better.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 27 points, but tore a tendon in his middle finger on his non-shooting hand late in the fourth quarter. The rest of the Mavericks‚ cast didn’t contribute much, with veteran forward Shawn Marion following Nowitzki with just 16 points.
“We’re a veteran team,” said Nowitzki. “You can’t get down with a loss. You’ve got to come back strong on Thursday. I’ve said it a couple times in this playoff run, if you’re the road team, you’re happy with a split. So we’ve got another opportunity on Thursday to get one. Obviously, we don’t want to go home down 0-2.
Game two will tip off on Thursday, June 2 at 9 p.m.