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NBA Finals, Mavericks Vs. Heat Game One: Mavs Lead At The Half

The first half of Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals is in the books, and the Dallas Mavericks lead the Miami Heat 44-43. 

Dirk Nowitzki leads the Mavericks with 13 points at the half - shocking, I know. Nowitzki is four-for-nine from the field thus far, and a perfect four-for-four at the free throw line.

Shawn Marion, meanwhile, leads the Mavericks with six rebounds at the half. Tyson Chandler isn't far off the pace, as he's grabbed five boards,

Chris Bosh, not Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, has been the star for Miami through the first half. Bosh leads the Heat with 13 points and he leads the Heat in rebounds as well with seven. Dallas' defense has been tough on Wade and James, as Wade was held to 3-of-10 shooting. Wade also missed both of his free throw attempts. 

James, meanwhile, has been held to 10 points on four-of-eight shooting. 

The Heat are in a bit more of foul trouble than the Mavericks are so far as well. James, Bosh and Joel Anthony all have two fouls on them. Tyson Chandler, Peja Stojakovic and Brendan Haywood are the only Mavs with two fouls - with Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion having none thus far. 

Needless to say, it would be a huge boost for the Mavericks if Dallas can steal Game 1. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.