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NBA Finals 2011: Heat, Mavericks Tied At 51 At Half

The Mavericks accomplished some of their goals heading into Game 2 and led for much of the second quarter, but they find themselves tied at halftime, one point worse than where they sat in game one. Dallas has outrebounded Miami 18-16, held Miami to just two offensive rebounds, and they're finding much better shots, shooting 49% from the field and 44% from three. But Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have carried the Heat, shooting a combined 14-20 and scoring 33 points. Wade in particular has filled up the stat sheet, hitting for 21 with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

On the other hand, Dirk Nowitzki has been held in check, shotting just 3-10 and collecting only one rebound. He also has two turnovers. Jason Terry has also not found the mark, as he is just 1-5. Dallas has been led offensively by unexpected sources. Shawn Marion has ten poitns on 4-5 shooting, and DeShawn Stevenson has made three of four three-pointers. He also has two rebounds and two steals.

Dallas must win to avoid serious trouble - a 93% historical win percentage for teams who win the first two games of a 2-3-2 Finals. 

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