This week the NBA Finals kicked off between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Despite a slow start this season, the Heat has become the dominant force they promised to be when “The Decision” was announced almost a year ago. Miami finished the season with a 58 – 24 record and LeBron James showed the world what he could do with a handpicked teammate in Dwyane Wade. Slated to be an integral part of the Big 3 in Miami, Chris Bosh has barely been a blip on the radar. However, James and Wade have led their team to countless come-from-behind wins and finished near the top of the Eastern Conference.
In Game 1 on Tuesday, both teams got off to a fairly slow start. It was six and a half minutes into the game before either hit double-digits and the score was 44-43 at the half, with Dallas holding a slight edge over the home team. However, like they have done many times before, the Heat came back strong in the second half. While the Mavericks played a great defensive game overall, their bench all but disappeared in the third and fourth quarters, and the Heat logged a convincing 92 – 84 victory.
Thursday night, the Mavericks again played tight in the first half, but started to slip in the second. The Heat surged in the second half, holding as much as a 15-point lead at one point. Wade, James and the Heat started their victory celebration, but it would prove to be too soon. Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks clawed their way back into the game and shut down the Heat’s bravado, winning the game 95-93 and sending the series to Dallas tied.
The Mavs and Heat will face off for Game 3 tonight in Dallas at 7 pm. Join us for our usual Sunday Specials at all Third Base locations – $2 Lone Star, PBR, Peal and Miller High Life and $4 Jack Daniels!