Mavs fans clamor for NBA Finals tickets

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Posted on May 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Updated Saturday, May 28 at 10:31 PM

DALLAS — Tickets for the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat went on sale starting Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Some die-hard Mavs fans camped out overnight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas to be first in line.

"You can't complain," one fan said. "It's not raining; we got people out here sharing some food; and it's the Finals... what do you expect?"

The Mavs will host Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) of the championship series. Miami has home court advantage for Games 1 and 2 and will also be the scene for a Game 7 if it goes that far.

Fans waiting for tickets at the AAC each received a lottery number; a 9:30 a.m. drawing determined who would be first in line.

The Mavericks leave for Miami on Sunday. They want to practice in South Florida on Monday so they'll be ready for Game 1 on Tuesday.

A lot of experts are picking the Heat to win the series with the star power of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. But the Mavs have proven mostly everyone wrong in the past — and they are ready to do it again.

"We cant' just concentrate on one or two guys," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle. "We have to shut them down as a team."

"What they're really great at is transition," added Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki. "We got to get back and take care of the ball."

Every game of the NBA Finals will be broadcast on ABC and WFAA Channel 8. The Mavericks will host free watch parties for the away games at the American Airlines Center.

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