MIAMI _ Jason Terry said the Miami Heat didn’t do anything special in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals to stymie the Dallas Mavericks’ offense.
“We had opportunities, we just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,’’ Terry, the Mavs' top reserve, said. “You have to finish at the basket, you have to make your wide-open shots, and we didn’t get that accomplished (Tuesday).
“Defensively you hold them to 92 points, but offensively that was a disaster for us. We had enough stops during the ballgame to win it, but offensively we didn’t do a good job of finishing our plays.’’
Miami took Game 1, 92-84, on a night when the Mavs had one of their poorest offensive showings of the season.
The Mavs led at the half, 44-43, partly because Terry scored 12 points. But when the Heat basically used LeBron James on Terry in the second half, he went scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting.
Overall, the Mavs shot an abysmal 37.3 percent from the field – their lowest shooting percentage of this postseason. That includes making 13-of-34 shots in the first half and 12-of-33 shots in the second half.
Game 1 was at the Heat’s pace, with Terry adding that the Mavs have to speed up the tempo in order to win Game 2.
“Give them credit,’’ Terry said. “They did a good job of playing their tempo and they finished at the end when they needed to.’’
Terry believes that will improve in Game 2, which is back here Thursday at 8 p.m.
This team is mentally tough,’’ Terry said of the Mavs. “We know to beat Miami we’re going to have to bring it, we have to play our A game every night.
“We’ll stay encouraged, we’ll watch the tape and make some adjustments and come out and be ready to go Thursday night.’’
-- Dwain Price
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