NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Miami|
(Wednesday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Miami 119, Dallas 109 (OT)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James finished just shy of a triple-double
and the Miami Heat extended Dallas' overtime struggles by posting a 119-109
victory over the slumping Mavericks at American Airlines Arena.
James tallied 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Heat to a
second consecutive triumph in extra time. Miami halted a two-game skid with a
112-110 overtime decision over Orlando on Monday.
"We have an ability to get enough stops when we're down late in the game,
execute, make enough shots to either send the game into overtime or take
control of the game and that's a good thing for a team," James remarked.
Dwyane Wade added 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, which began the
additional frame with a 7-0 run that eventually resulted in the Mavericks'
ninth consecutive overtime loss dating back to last season. Chris Bosh and Ray
Allen contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively, to the win.
Dallas was dealt its seventh setback in its last eight overall games as well,
despite 30 points from O.J. Mayo and a season-best performance from Dirk
Nowitzki in his sixth outing back from right knee surgery.
Nowitzki amassed 19 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes for Dallas, which
also received a 14-point, 10-rebound effort out of Chris Kaman.
Fifteen of Nowitzki's points were recorded in the second half, with the last
two coming on a clutch 15-foot fadeaway with 3.9 seconds in regulation that
forged a 103-103 tie and brought on overtime.
Miami got the extra segment off to a quick start, however, and never looked
Allen began OT with a 3-pointer and James buried a jumper off a Dallas
turnover for a 108-103 Heat lead. Wade then stole an ill-advised inbounds pass
from the Mavericks' Vince Carter and threw down an uncontested dunk to
lengthen the differential to seven points just 1:19 in.
Dallas never recovered, making just 1-of-4 field goal attempts over the course
of the overtime while giving the ball away three times total.
The Mavericks owned a 97-91 edge with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter after
Mayo followed an Elton Brand tip-in with bucket from beyond the arc. Allen
answered with a 3-pointer on Miami's next trip, but Nowitzki drained a trey on
the ensuing possession to put Dallas up 100-94.
Miami then scored nine of the next 10 points, with Allen's layup after a James
steal trimming the deficit to 101-100 and Shane Battier drilling a long-
distance jumper with 14.5 seconds on the clock to put the Heat ahead prior to
Nowitzki's late heroics.
"It shouldn't have gotten to overtime," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
"Our inability to keep them out of the paint was our downfall."
The Heat started out the contest ice cold, misfiring on eight of their first
10 shots and falling behind by an 18-7 score after Darren Collison converted a
3-point play near the midway mark of the first quarter. Dallas would lead by
as many as 12 during the frame, and owned a 44-34 advantage with just under
six minutes to go in the half following a successful jumper by Mayo.
Miami closed the gap prior to the break, however, with James recording eight
points during a 10-2 flurry that knotted the score at 48-48 with under a
minute left before intermission. The Mavericks would hold a 52-50 halftime
edge after Mayo fed Kaman for a short hook with 1.5 seconds remaining.
Mario Chalmers and Wade knocked down triples on back-to-back Miami possessions
to kick-start another 10-2 sequence by the Heat during the third quarter, this
one putting the reigning champs on top by a 78-69 count with three minutes
left in the session.
Nowitzki then sparked a Dallas run, pouring in seven points during a 10-3
binge that pulled the Mavs within 81-79 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks are now 0-6 in overtime games this season and haven't won one
since a 101-99 decision at Houston on Mar. 24 of the previous campaign ...
Dallas lost for only the second time in nine tries when Mayo scores 25 or more
points ... Miami posted its fifth straight home win and has totaled 100 or
more points in 15 of 17 tests at American Airlines Arena this season ... The
Heat have now prevailed eight times when trailing in the fourth quarter this
season ... Dallas, which won at Washington Tuesday to stop a six-game slide,
fell to 2-7 in the second of back-to-back games ... James was named the
Eastern Conference's Player of the Month for December earlier in the day.
01/03 00:32:00 ET