LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS and Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade.LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS and Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade.

words // Nick Engvall

The Miami Heat continued their recent hot streak in the opening game of the NBA Finals. Miami’s smothering defense held Dirk Nowitzki to 27 points on 7-18 shooting, and shutting down the bench of the Dallas Mavericks as well.

Offensively LeBron James put up 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 points, and Chris Bosh scored 19 points. With the Game 1 victory the Big 3 move to within 3 wins of the NBA Title that brought them all to South Beach in the first place. LeBron James added 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Bosh grabbed 9 rebounds, and Wade added 10 boards, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots in the 92-84 win.

Nowitzki’s injured finger on his off hand may have been cause for concern for Dallas and their fans, but the Miami defense down the stretch should be the real concern for the Mavericks. Dallas was held to just 37% from the field, despite holding the Heat to 39% shooting. Miami, with home court advantage in this series, have yet to lose at home in the postseason, and it doesn’t look like they plan to do so anytime soon.

Check out the latest Sneaker Watch action below courtesy of ESPN.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what shoes the pros are wearing in the NBA Finals.

Caron Butler pre-game in the Nike Flight Light 2010.Caron Butler pre-game in the Nike Flight Light 2010.

LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS.LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS.

Mario Chalmers can't quite stay in bounds wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.Mario Chalmers can’t quite stay in bounds wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Shawn Marion in the Nike Air Max Fly By.Shawn Marion in the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade.Dwyane Wade in the Jordan Fly Wade.

Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Dirk Nowitzki in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Dirk Nowitzki in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.

LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS.LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 8 PS.

Brendan Haywood wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.Brendan Haywood wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Chris Bosh dunks wearing the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010.Chris Bosh dunks wearing the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2010.