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Heat Vs. Mavs, Game 6 Score: LeBron James Dominating In First Quarter

The Miami Heat opened Game 6 against the Dallas Mavericks with a strong edge on the boards, giving themselves enough second chances to counter an awkward shooting start by Mario Chalmers. Chalmers took the floor at tip-off instead of Mike Bibby.

Miami ran out to a 5-2 lead, with LeBron James scoring five (not six!) points, with Dallas knotting it back up 10-10. James hit his first four shots to give himself nine quick points and Miami a 14-10 edge at the first timeout, with about eight minutes left in the first quarter. The Mavs haven't been able to do much on offense besides J.J. Barea's wacky, hurtling layups. 

The Miami crowd does sound a little bit louder than it traditionally has. Way to go, Heat fans.

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