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NBA Finals, Game 5 Score: Heat Lead Mavericks After First Quarter

Mario Chalmers nailed a buzzer beater three pointer as time expired in the first quarter, giving the Miami Heat a 31-30 lead after the first quarter.

The Mavericks came out hot out of the gate, jumping out to an early 13-6 lead, which was capped by a 9-2 Mavericks run which resulted in the Heat calling a timeout on their ensuing possession. 

Things were going so well for Dallas in the first that even Brian Cardinal hit a three pointer - his first points of the series. Cardinal's three gave Dallas a 21-14 lead that would be short lived as Mike Miller responded with a three of his own immediately after. 

While Dallas has been shooting better, they've been a bit lazy on defense - not getting back in time, and leaving secondary players like Mike Bibby and Miller wide open. Juwan Howard, Udonis Haslem, Miller, Bibby and Chalmers are a combined 7-8 from the field, accounting for 17 of Miami's first quarter points. 

Heat star Dwyane Wade was injured in the first quarter as well, as he left the floor for the locker room with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter. Before leaving, Wade was 1-3 from the field and six of six from the free throw line, giving him eight points.

Of course, it's just one quarter - and there's lots of game left to play. Still, there's reason for optimism if you're a Mavericks fan. 

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