Updated: June 1, 2011, 1:26 AM ET
LeBron James 9-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +17

LeBron was unable to get into the lane with any consistency, but he contributed by making a ton of tough jump shots, grabbing important rebounds and playing some tough defense. It wasn't a dominating performance, but LeBron was able to make an impact in nearly every area of the game.

Dwyane Wade 9-19 FG | 2-5 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 22 PTS | +11

If you're feeling a sense of déjà vu watching Wade, it's not just you. Wade struggled mightily on offense throughout the first three quarters, then went into overdrive on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter. Wade led the team in assists. He had seven points in the final quarter, and his contested deep ball with three minutes remaining helped break the game open.

Chris Bosh 5-18 FG | 9-12 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +14

Bosh couldn't get his shots to go down, but he did everything else right. He was a true force on the boards, did a great job of creating looks and keeping the pressure on Dallas' defense, and more than held his own on the defensive end.

The Three-Ball

Coming into this game, Dallas' main advantages were supposed to be able to swing the ball to open shooters and knock down the long ball. The Heat flipped the script on the Mavericks in Game 1; they kept the ball moving constantly, and Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were all ready to knock down a 3-pointer when they got a good look. Heat shot 11-for-24.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks came into the NBA Finals with the highest offensive efficiency rating of any team in the postseason, but were forced to play Miami's game on Tuesday. They shot less than 40 percent from the field, the game was played at a snail's pace, and they didn't really get Dirk Nowitzki going until it was too late.

Grades by John Krolik


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