Mavs Steal One In Miami From The Heat
Led by Dirk Nowitski’s 26 and Jason Terry’s 19-point fourth quarter, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 98-96 at the American Airlines Arena.
The Mavs stopped the Heat’s 12 game winning streak, sweeping the season series 2-0. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points.
LeBron James, in one of his worst performances this year, finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
After going back and forth for much of the first 12 minutes, the Heat used a 17-0 in the second quarter to pull ahead, leading 44-43 at halftime.
James struggled in the first half, was offensively out of sync, and turned it over four times in the first two quarters.
Dallas effectively alternated between zone and man defense most of the second half, luring Miami into 31 three-point attempts for the game, a season high.
Dirk on his team’s defense:
“We mixed up our zone and man-to-man nicely. Any time you hold a good offensive team to 40 percent shooting, it’s a good thing. We just tried to clog the lane as much as we could. They settled for a lot of three against our zone. We got a little lucky.
In the fourth, Dallas executed down the stretch, beat Miami to loose balls and offensive rebounds, scoring 33 points in the period. Jason Terry provided the heroics, dropping 19 in the quarter on an array of jumpers, free-throws and winning plays.
Dallas held the Heat to 40% FG shooting for the game, and outrebounded them 48-44.
Dirk Nowitski is now 10 points away from passing the great Larry Bird for 25th all-time on the NBA scoring list.
Highlights after the jump…