Mavs go to the All-Star break with a loss to Heat
DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks lost their last game before the All-Star break 112-101 to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Center. Miami outscored the Mavs in the third quarter 32-16. This was their third loss in the last four games. The game had a special note since this was probably the penultimate matchup between Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade. Wade scored a game-high 22 points, Nowitzki ended with 12. After the game they exchanged jerseys. Nowitzki and Wade will see each other again this weekend in Charlotte as honorary All-Stars, and again on March 28 when Dallas visits Miami.
“We’ve sold this game as a very hard game,” coach Rick Carlisle said before the game. “Miami is a very good team, and they always play hard. They’ve got a bunch of guys who go hard for everything.”
Dallas’s rookie sensation Luka Dončić struggled with his shot, but still finished just one assist shy of another triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. “Luka has done a great job attacking double-teams,” Carlisle said. “But Miami’s quickness was a factor. They deflected a lot of passes all night long, not just Luka.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 20 points.
This could have been a historic game for Slovenians, as they expected to see a first matchup between Dončić’s Dallas and Goran Dragić’s Miami, but unfortunately Heat’s point guard is still recovering from an injury.
Both teams now head into the All-Star break. The Mavs will return to American Airlines Center on February 22 when they’ll host the Denver Nuggets.