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Anyway, both teams have settled in.

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Early edge: Dallas.

In terms of aggression.

In terms of poise.

In, well, just about any term you want to use.

Dallas 13, Miami 6, 7:12 left in the 1st quarter. LeBron James is 1 for 3 from the floor, the make being a runout dunk. Jason Kidd looks 28 instead of 38, controlling the game so far with five points and two steals. Dirk Nowitzki is settling in nicely, having just made a jumper after misfiring on his first two tries.

Crowd is alive, too.

Exactly the start Dallas wanted, exactly what Miami wanted to avoid.

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With the teams now on the court for warmups, here’s a few notes and quotes to help get you going before Game 5 of the NBA finals:

_ LeBron James does not have a double-digit scoring quarter in these finals.

_ His points (24, 20, 17, 8) and field goals (9, 8, 6, 3) have decreased in every game of this series.

_ He hasn’t taken more than four free throws in any game during this series. First time that’s happened over a four-game stretch all season. He’s taken 14 free throws against the Mavs. Consider this: He took more than 14 in seven different games this year.

_ No team in the finals has topped 96 points since Boston beat the Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 last season.

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