Just in case the Mavs were wondering how that finger felt, LeBron splashed his first bucket on a long jumper to his left and then followed up with a tomahawk slam on the break. LeBron seemed to favor his gimpy finger, but it didn't stop him from doing his normal work. He's clearly not 100 percent but even 40 percent is enough.
The dunk at 3:48 to put the Heat up 11 pretty much iced it. Wade toyed with the Mavericks' defense in the first half, slicing through the rotations with dizzying dribble drives. The between-the-legs spin move on Brandan Wright off the glass? Shouldn't be legal. He jammed his shooting hand in the fourth quarter, but it didn't seem to slow him down.
Bosh vowed to implement a little more Dirk Nowitzki in his game this season, and he owned up to his promise with a 3-pointer early in the game. Bosh, once again, was a fixture in the Heat's opening sets. The Heat kept looking for Bosh seemingly every time down the floor, relieving some pressure off Wade and LeBron. Impressive outing for Bosh.
The Heat tried Joel Anthony at first, but Dirk proceeded to hit towering jump shots that were impossible to defend. Udonis Haslem then got his try, and it all went downhill from there for Dirk. Luckily for the Heat, Dirk cooled off in the second half after nailing eight of 10 shots before the break and the Mavs couldn't counter.
For a while, it seemed as if "Don't stop shooting 3s" was the only sentence written on the scouting report on the Heat. The Mavericks attacked the Heat's perimeter defense relentlessly in the first half but sputtered out after the break. Lamar Odom had a quality performance, but it was mostly a one-man show for the Mavs.