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5 Takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks' First NBA Game
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The Dallas Mavericks were manhandled by the Miami Heat in a Christmas day opener that saw Dirk Nowitzki and his teammates (old and new) lose 105-94 on their home floor.

The game wasn't even as close as the 11-point deficit would suggest. The Mavericks were down by over 30 for portions of the game and only made the score look respectable after going on a little run at the end of the fourth quarter in garbage time.

I actually expected the Mavericks to lose this game, but I didn't expect them to channel their inner Lakers and look disinterested out there.

For the Mavericks and their fans, this is just the first bump on the road to a title defense. It should be fun to see how they grow over the course of the season.

Here are five things to take away from the opening day loss...

 

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