The Miami Heat headed into Monday’s contest with the Dallas Mavericks riding a 12-game winning streak. Powered by suffocating defense and Dirk Nowitzki’s offensive touch, the Mavs were able to put an end to the Heat’s streak. Nowitzki scored 26 points in the Mavs 98-96 victory in Miami.
Nowitzki hit all ten of his freebies and added nine rebounds and two assists. Jason Terry was cold early on before scoring all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Speaking of cold, LeBron James was held scoreless in the first half. Though he had 19 points in the second half, it turned out to be too little, too late. Dwyane Wade led the way for Miami with 22 points but the Heat shot just 40.5% from the field.
Oddly, this was the second time the Mavs have snapped a 12-game winning streak this season. Earlier in the year, they defeated the San Antonio Spurs to end their winning ways.
At 22-5, the Mavs have the third best record in the NBA — behind the 24-3 Spurs and the 22-4 Boston Celtics. The 21-9 Heat haven’t played up to their expectations, however their record is good enough for second best in the Eastern Conference.