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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Slow-starting Heat end up with lead, 31-30

By Jeff Caplan



DALLAS -- Tyson Chandler had nine of the Dallas Mavericks' 30 points and, somehow, the Miami Heat -- with Dwyane Wade in the trainer's room and LeBron James with only two points -- has a one-point lead after one quarter.

Once again, this NBA Finals is illogical and what happens next is anybody's guess.

In fact, Brian Cardinal gave the Mavs their biggest lead, 21-14, with a 3-pointer. Mario Chalmers, however, has made two 3-pointers, including his second buzzer-beating halfcourt heave of the series for the lead.

There is no word on Wade's condition. He left the game shortly after ramming into Cardinal on a drive. Cardinal was whistled for a charge, and Wade, who has a team-high eight points, did not return to the Heat bench for the start of the second quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki has six points and Cardinal has four.