LeBron JamesÂ had 37 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as theÂ Miami HeatÂ got a measure of payback for the NBA finals by opening this season with a 105-94 victory over theÂ Dallas MavericksÂ that wasn’t as close as the score suggests. Â Read more after the jump.
Maybe the pregame banner-raising ceremony left the Mavs emotionally drained or — more likely — the overhaul of their roster is slow to take hold because Dallas trailed by 15 after one quarter, 21 at halftime and 35 a few minutes into the second half.
Miami made it look easy, scoring at least 30 points in each of the first three quarters. James had the top highlight, tipping an alley-oop pass toÂ Dwyane Wade so he could have the dunk.
Jason TerryÂ led Dallas with 23 points.