The Miami Heat looked crisper and sharper than the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter of the teams' opening game, opening up a 32-17 lead that was capped off by a 21-6 run to end the quarter. The Heat were led in the quarter by LeBron James, who tallied a rather quiet 10 points on 3-6 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the line. Dwyane Wade added 7 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists.
The Mavs were outworked down low and sloppy on offense throughout the quarter. The Heat tallied 14 rebounds to Dallas' six, and added five steals and two blocks that led to 13 fast break points. The Mavs shot only 4-15 from the field, with Dirk Nowitzki going 1-4, although he did add four makes from the line.
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