It's been a great start for the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki, who are looking solid to start Game 4 against the Miami Heat. They're looking great defensively - Jason Kidd has a block on Chris Bosh - and Nowitzki scored scored six points in the opening three minutes of the game, all six coming on impressive looking jump shots.
J.J. Barea is, in fact, in the starting lineup for the Mavericks and it's hard to argue with the early results. He has one great basket in particular, a layup in traffic. Jason Kidd is guarding LeBron James, and the Heat haven't done anything to exploit that matchup. The Heat are shooting forward thus far, but they do have a few offensive rebounds, thanks to their starting size advantage.
Nowitzki and Bosh are the leading scorers for Miami and Dallas, each scoring six points so far. It's tied up at a score of 8-8 halfway through the first quarter.
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