Heat Vs. Mavericks, Game 1 Score: Dirk Nowitzki And LeBron James Relatively Effective

Early on in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it's become obvious that nothing is going to come easy. This may change as the teams tire, but both defenses have been absolutely suffocating to start the first quarter. Dirk Nowitzki has been relatively effective, scoring four of the Dallas Mavericks' five points halfway through the first quarter, but Joel Anthony has caused him to miss a couple of shots.

Both teams are shooting well under 30 percent at the moment, which is actually more of a testament to the two defenses than any kind of poor offensive play. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have all of the Heat's 10 points, and James will have a chance to complete a three-point play after the break. At the first media timeout, with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Heat lead the Mavs 10-5.

For live coverage of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, keep it tuned to this StoryStream. To see the up-to-the-minute score, along with information from around SB Nation on the game, keep your browser on this Heat-Mavs score page. Throughout the NBA Finals, check out our 2011 NBA Finals hub for more coverage. For more on the two teams, Mavericks fans should head over to Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas, while Heat fans should check out Peninsula Is Mightier.

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