A night of firsts in the NBA Finals ends with the Dallas Mavericks first ever finals win, as they beat the Miami Heat 90-80 in Game One of the series. The game was the first finals appearance for both Dallas and Miami, and the first time two teams made their finals debut in the same series in 35 years.
Jason Terry stepped up with a huge night, dropping 32 points on the Heat to lead all scorers. Dwayne Wade led Miami with 28 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard were a combined 7-of-28 from the field. It was the first time the Mavericks were able to win a playoff game this year without Nowitzki scoring at least 20 points. But both Howard and Nowitzki were able to do the little things. They were the only two players in the game to finish with double-doubles and were a combined 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
It was that charity stripe that produced the most glaring difference in the game. The Heat set an NBA Finals record for futility by making just 7-of-19 free-throws. Shaquille O'Neal tied a finals record by missing his first eight free throws, before finally hitting one.
Past history is on the side of the Mavericks. Since 1984, 72.7% of Game One winners have gone on to win the NBA title.
Game Two is Sunday night back in Dallas. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00. Coverage begins at 7:30 right here on KLTV 7