AP blog from Game 4 of the NBA finals

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You know James is going to heat up sometime. He’s been in double figures for 433 straight games, counting regular-season and playoff matchups, going all the way back to January 2007.

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Halftime in Dallas. Miami up 47-45, thanks to a Mario Chalmers runner with about a half-minute left.

Chris Bosh has 16 and Dwyane Wade 13 for Miami, while LeBron James has managed only four so far and is clearly far from being in a great offensive flow.

Odds are, he couldn’t care less, since the Heat are up.

Dallas finished with Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki on the floor. None of them have more than nine points so far and combined that fivesome has 30, one more than Bosh and Wade on their own.

DeShawn Stevenson’s impact on the second quarter was huge for Dallas, period. He’s likely been their MVP for the first half.

Quick observation: There were a lot hands tugging on the bottoms of shorts late in the half. Fatigue kicking in? A guess: The teams won’t combine for 92 in the second half.

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There was this notion during the Western Conference finals that Dallas couldn’t guard anybody, given the high-octane numbers being put up in that series between the Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ha.

The Mavs just ran off nine straight points. Of course, it’s easy to have a run of unanswered points when your opponent can’t even get a shot off.

That’s right, until Dwyane Wade scored with 3:44 left, the Heat had gone 3:22 without actually taking a shot, turning the ball over four times in that stretch, once on a shot-clock violation, another when Jason Kidd stole the ball with one second left on the shot clock.

Also, don’t be shocked if this JJ-Barea-starts thing happens again in Game 5. DeShawn Stevenson, who was benched in order to make that move, has 11 points in the first 9-plus minutes of the second quarter alone, bringing a ton of energy on both ends.

Mavs 42-40, 2:10 left in the half.

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