Well...that was a game of runs. Back and forth they went, the Mavs jumped out to a 23-10 run only to give up a 17-0 run to get the Heat back in the game. A low-light for the first half was the one possession breakdown lead the Heat to a series of offensive rebounds capped off with a three pointer. Also, an interesting note - LeBron James went scoreless for the first half. The last time LeBron had that occur was against...The Mavericks - opening night, 2007 (10/31/2007).
LeBron didn't score his first points until the 7:52 mark of the 3rd quarter as he hit a three-point shot. The back and forth match continued as the Mavericks had to respond with a 7-0 run in the third quarter.
During the streak, the Heat held opponents to 86.7 points/game, 39.% field goal shooting, 26.6% from three and +7.4 on rebounds. Dallas scored 98 points, shot 44.6% from the field, 38.1% from from three and +4 on rebounds.
Jason Terry was sick on Sunday with a cold. On Monday, he was sick of seeing the championship banner in the American Airlines Arena. Terry was scoreless after 3 quarters but came alive in the 4th and scored 19 points in the final frame.
The Mavericks now are 8-2 when they were losing at halftime (down 43-44), 6-0 on the road in that situation. They were trailing 65-68 after three and are now 6-2 when losing after three quarters. That's a 75% win total, the league average is just around 20% in that down after 3 scenario. It's the 6th streak of 5 or more games that the Mavericks have cracked this season.
While we wait for Lisa's full recap from South Beach, feel free to comment on the game here.