Former North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s bas­ket­ball star Jose Juan Barea scored 2 points and dished out 3 assists as his Dallas Mav­er­icks lost to the Miami Heat, 92–84, in Game 1 of the N.B.A. Finals last night.

Along with the rest of the Mav­er­icks’ second unit, Barea had a subpar game, making just one of eight shots from the floor. But the 6-​​foot, 175-​​pound guard has pro­vided a huge lift to his team off the bench with his offense and energy, and before Tuesday night, had aver­aged 9 points and 3.5 assists during the Mav­er­icks’ dom­i­nant post­season run.

His most pro­duc­tive — and painful — game occurred in Game 4 of the Western Con­fer­ence Semi­fi­nals against the defending cham­pion Los Angeles Lakers. In that game, he scored 22 points, chipped in eight assists and was inten­tion­ally elbowed in the ribs by Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

After the game, Barea, who was not badly injured, called Bynum’s unsports­man­like con­duct a “dan­gerous” play.

Barea, who played for the Huskies from 2002–2006, is second on Northeastern’s all-​​time scoring and assist lists, with 2,290 points and 721 assists. His 255 three-​​point field goals is tops in club his­tory. On March 5, 2005, in a game against Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity, he set a Husky record by scoring 41 points.

In 2005 and 2006, Barea was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation’s best point guard.

Ath­letics director Peter Roby praised Barea for his com­mit­ment to suc­cess, both on and off the court.

Playing on the largest stage of pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball is a won­derful accom­plish­ment for J.J. and a tribute to his talent and atti­tude,” Roby said. “He is a source of pride for everyone asso­ci­ated with the Uni­ver­sity and sends a mes­sage that you can aspire to the highest level ath­let­i­cally and aca­d­e­m­i­cally and achieve those goals at Northeastern.”