CROPDUSTER Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
There will be plenty of posts breaking this game down, picking it apart, and ultimately blaming Jason Terry. I'll just provide a little snapshot of what went down in South Beach. It wasn't pretty. Consider yourself warned.
- Delonte West came back in with just about 9 minutes left in the 2nd quarter and immediately hit a three pointer. He also hit a long two. Lefty looked like he hasn't missed a beat.
- The Mavericks did not shoot free throws in the first half of the game. This is not a joke or an exaggeration. They didn't shoot a ONE. First time that's happened since March, 2009. They attempted their first free throw with 10:40 to play in the 3rd when Ian Mahinmi was fouled on a made basket. He missed.
- Marion and Terry were both way off on offense. Way way way way way off.
- Dirk was automatic, hitting all kinds of great shots and lead all scorers at the half with 16 on 8 of 10 shooting. In the second, eh. Not so much. He couldn't buy a bucket.
- The team assisted on 16 of their 23 baskets in the first half. I'm not sure that they actually made any in the second. I'll get back to you on that.
- The Heat were able to capitalize off of Mavericks turnovers, whereas the same could not be said for Dallas. Unfortunately, Dallas committed a LOT of them.
- The second half started off ice cold for BOTH teams, but the Heat found a little coordination to string together an 8-0 run before the Mavs could regain their footing. It was Lamar Odom, of all people, who kept the game within reach throughout the third quarter.
- The fourth quarter was intense, to say the least. The Mavs closed to a single digit deficit with about 4 minutes to play, but turnovers (*cough*TERRY*cough*) prevented them from surmounting the lead.