Dallas' Peja Stojakovic and Miami's LeBron James

*As far as the 2011 NBA Finals between Miami and Dallas, it just might already be over. The Heat’s stifling defense and their ability to just completely choke opponents in the 4th quarter is proving to be a very potent winning formula

The plan was in effect Tuesday night in game one and Miami went on to win 92-84 over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Miami Heat are three wins from the reason why the Big Three came together in the first place.

LeBron James scored 24 points for his first win in five NBA finals games, Wade scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half and the Heat held the Western Conference champions to their lowest point total of the playoffs after a dominant defensive showing down the stretch.

“Feels good because it’s the first game and we played well as a team,” James said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. … That’s one in the books. We’re excited about this game. Tomorrow we prepare for Game 2, and I see ways we can get better.”

For Heat haters scarier words were never spoken.

Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points – tearing a tendon in the middle finger on his left, non-shooting, hand during the game and revealing afterward that he’ll likely wear a splint throughout the remainder of the series – and grabbed eight rebounds for Dallas, which got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Shawn Marion and 12 points from Jason Terry, most of those coming in an early flurry. It was Dallas’ fifth straight loss to Miami in finals games, dating to the Heat rally for the 2006 crown.

On a so-called positive note for Dallas, they held the Heat to 39 percent shooting, Miami’s second-worst showing of the playoffs.

Game 2 is back in Miami on Thursday night at 9pm Eastern on ABC.