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The Miami Heat bench outplayed the Dallas Mavericks bench. Nobody expected such a thing to happen.
Dallas’ bench has been one of the main reasons the Mavs find themselves again in the NBA Finals. The scoring output just was not there in Game 1.
Jason Terry only scored 12 points, all in the first half. Jose Barea and Peja Stojakovic were 1-of-11 from the floor and were complete non-factors. The only bright spot was Brendan Haywood, who played outstanding defense in every minute he was on the floor.
Miami’s bench was surprisingly good tonight. Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller did a great job getting open for three-pointers. Udonis Haslem provided hustle and defense, which was the reason Miami won the game.
Dallas still has the better bench in this series and it should be able to bounce back in Game 2. The Mavericks can only hope that is enough to earn a win.