(DALLAS, TX) - It was the Jason Terry show from the TV pregame soundbites to the play on the court.
The Miami Heat started out strong in the first quarter shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor, but the Dallas Mavericks, turned their lackluster shooting night into a defensive showcase en route to a 90-80 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
While Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard weren't at their shooting best, Terry could barely miss, hitting 13-of-18 shots for 32 points to lead the Mavericks, in a battle of first-timers to the Association's championship round.
Nowitzki and Howard added 16 and 10 points for the Mavs, who held the Heat to 44 percent shooting. Nowitzki snatched down 10 boards, while Howard added 12 rebounds.
Both teams were awful from the three-point line, and Miami was terrible from the free-throw line hitting just seven of 19 chances from the stripe.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 28 points, and Shaquille O'Neal and Antoine Walker added 17 points apiece. O'Neal missed eight of his nine free throw attempts.