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3 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks loss to the Miami Heat, 113-101

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Hey at least Dirk shot the ball a lot

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Miami Heat 113-101 Friday night. Former Maverick Wayne Ellington scored a career high 28 points off the bench for the short handed Heat. Yogi Ferrell chipped in 23 points to lead the Mavericks in scoring.

Dallas opened the game rusty beyond belief, quickly falling behind 12-0. Yogi Ferrell entered the game for Dennis Smith, connected on a floater, and things settled some for the Mavericks. A Dirk Nowitzki pick and pop three started a 9-0 Dallas run which brought the game within four for the Mavericks. After a Miami timeout, the Heat responded with a small run of their own. The Dallas second unit, led by J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell, mixed things up for the Mavericks but Miami could not miss in the quarter, connecting on 13 of 17 shot attempts, and finished the first quarter up 32-23.

The second quarter saw Miami build up their lead to as many as 13 points before their hot shooting cooled. Dallas slowly chipped away at the Miami lead, led by Harrison Barnes’ nine points in the quarter and tied the game at 51-51 with under two minutes in the half. Miami retook the lead on a pair of Bam Adebayo free throws, but the Mavericks would tie the game again on a driving Barea lay up. Each team headed to halftime with 53 points.

In a ridiculous bit of déjà vu, the Heat opened the third quarter hot while the Mavericks couldn’t buy a basket. As in the first quarter, Miami started off on a 12-0 run that was ended only by a Yogi Ferrell bucket. Dallas would whittle down the lead repeatedly, but each time the Heat rallied back. The Mavericks came as close as four points after a pair of three pointers from Dirk Nowitzki, but could not come any closer. Miami extended the lead back to nine and led 82-73 heading into the final frame.

The Mavericks came out firing to start the fourth, with Dirk Nowitzi connecting on his fifth three pointer of the game. A Powell oop closed the gap to four points, then a Dennis Smith wing three pointer cut the Miami lead down to one point with just under nine minutes remaining. It’s as close as the Mavericks would get.

Miami would score inside then Wayne Ellington splashed down a pair of three pointers to put the Mavericks on their heels. The Miami lead hovered between seven and ten points until about two minutes left when Wes Matthews hit a pair of free throws to cut it to five. A Josh Richardson three pointer in response effectively ended the rally. The Dallas Mavericks lose to the Miami Heat 113-101

Bad starts doom the Mavericks.

It’s hard to bounce back from starting both halves down 12. Getting behind by 24 points in around six minutes of play ends up being the difference in a 12 point game. Sure, the Heat shot 64% from the floor, but it’s simply too hard to recover from starts that poor.

Wayne Ellington is actually pretty okay at basketball.

Ellington could never find his shot during his time in Dallas. Against the Mavericks he poured in career highs in points (28) and made three pointers (8). This somehow came as no surprise.

Dirk Nowitzki, gunner

I am fully here for Dirk Nowitzki taking 15 threes in a game. He tied a career high in attempts set way back in 2002 against the Atlanta Hawks.

We’ve all seen the games where Dirk dutifully swings the ball on from the top of the key as part of the offense despite him being wide open. I get establishing play but the flip side of Dirk taking and making a few early threes usually means the rest of the offense opens up dramatically as teams scramble to adjust.