Found December 26, 2011 on
So, they’re off. That final turn is going to be here sooner than usual, and the general consensus seems to be when they shouting stops, it will be the Miami Heat with the first of those multiple championships they were promising. I’m not convinced, though they won’t be easy to defeat. I still don’t quite understand how they are so much improved with Shane Battier when they didn’t address not having a starting level point guard or center. But they do have Udonis Haslem for the season this time.
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LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't keep the Dallas Mavericks from winning the most recent NBA championship. They did a nice job, however, of getting the Mavs' title defense off to an ugly start.
James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Heat beat the Mavericks 105-94 Sunday in a game that was hardly ever as close as the final score might suggest.
DALLAS (AP) -- LeBron James had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Miami Heat got a measure of payback for the NBA finals by opening this season with a 105-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks that wasn't as close as the score suggests.
Maybe the pregame banner-raising ceremony left the Mavs emotionally drained or -- more likely -- the overhaul of their roster is...
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LeBron James finishes at the rim in the Heat's 105-94 win over Dallas.
The Miami Heat left no doubt that they intend to bring a championship trophy to South Beach this season, dominating the Dallas Mavericks in a rematch from last year’s NBA Finals from start to finish with a convincing 105-94 victory at the American Airlines Center.
LeBron James scored 37 points and Dwyane Wade had 26 as the Heat put on a devastating show of dunks and defense, routing the defending champion Mavericks.
Well, it wasn't exactly divine. Twenty-nine NBA teams were supposed to bow at the feet of Miami's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Miami HEAT beat the Dallas Mavericks, 105-94, on the NBA's opening day, but that was after the typical, and expected, late surge once most starters had been removed from the game. Through three quarters, the score was 97-65, with the HEAT using fewer than 80 possessions to get there. Those numbers are indicative enough of what happened on Christmas Day.
Defensive intensity and rebounding were key components of the Heat’s dominating victory.