First and foremost, Dallas only trailed by four points heading into the fourth quarter, and remained close until the last few minutes, despite the fact that Dirk Nowitzki had a fairly average game by his standards and no other player for the Mavericks scored in double figures aside from Shawn Marion (16) and Jason Terry (12).
Additionally, they shot the ball well from three early on in the game, and their zone defense also looked impressive. However, the zone defense led to some other difficulties we will discuss in a moment.
Still, Dallas lost the game 92-84, so the only thing those positives will provide for the Mavericks is some confidence heading into Game 2.
But before we look ahead, let's take a moment to look back at Game 1 in a little more detail.
What exactly went wrong for the Mavericks?