Here we are -- right back where we left off.
It's the Miami Heat verus the Dallas Mavericks.
After the offseason of our labor discontent, the NBA has finally returned with a quartet of marquee matchups on Christmas day. Although the Knicks and Celtics took the honor of starting off the shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, it is the second game of the day that has been the most anticipated. In a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs host LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the remainder of the Heat.
During a recent interview with ESPN, James discussed how hard it was for him to come to grips with Miami's loss to Dallas. Well, on Christmas, he gets to watch the championship banner be raised to the rafters in Dallas. How will he respond to that?
By leading the Mavs to a thrilling, career-defining six-game triumph, Nowitzki cemented his legacy as one of the top players of his generation. Can he and Jason Terry open this campaign with the same fire that burned so brightly in them during last year's playoffs?
Follow along with all the action right here:
12/25/2011 5:24 PM EST
Miami beats Dallas 105-94.
LeBron finished with a double-double (37 points and 10 rebounds).
Wade had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
12/25/2011 5:21 PM EST
Under A Minute
Dallas made the score respectable in the fourth quarter and have cut the lead to 11. But this was a blowout.
12/25/2011 5:12 PM EST
LeBron gets called for traveling and he immediately turns around to argue his case. It looks like he's trying to say that it was a jump stop but it looked to me like traveling. Dallas Timeout.
12/25/2011 5:11 PM EST
Vince At The Line
Vince Carter misses two free throws and then a 3-second violation is called on Dallas' next possession. 4:30 left in the game and the lead is still 20.
12/25/2011 5:09 PM EST
LeBron cuts to the basket and takes a shot to the head. He missed the first free throw and made the second. 20 point lead for Miami.
12/25/2011 5:08 PM EST
Mavs Keep Coming
Miami turns the ball over and Jason Terry hits a short jumper from the baseline to cut the lead to 17. But Wade hits another shot from the post to put it back to 19. 5:25 left.
12/25/2011 5:04 PM EST
Jason Terry hits his 4th 3-pointer of the game, this time from the top of the key, and cuts the lead to 19. 6:22 left to go in the game. Miami calls timeout.
12/25/2011 5:03 PM EST
Ian Mahinmi draws an and-1 on LeBron James but can't complete the 3-point play. 102-80 Miami.
12/25/2011 5:02 PM EST
Jason Terry knocks down a long two-pointer and cuts the lead to 21. Then LeBron takes over and drives to the lane, spins and hits the layup while drawing the foul. TECHNICAL called on Delonte West as well. Will that be enough to get the Mavs fans outa there? Doesn't look like it. Mark Cuban screaming from the bench.
12/25/2011 5:00 PM EST
Crowd Is Still There
Jason Terry's running floater cuts the lead to 21 and the Dallas crowd is still there and getting into it. There are eight minutes left in the game and the Mavericks fans are still rockin' thoughout the blowout.
LeBron is back in.
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