Quick Take: Mavericks Can’t Take the Heat

Well, at least they still have the banner hanging up in the AAC, right?

The shorthanded Dallas Mavericks were no match for the Miami Heat, falling 100-95 Thursday night in Dallas. In a game where they fell way behind early and fought back to within 3 during the second quarter only to fall behind my as much as 36 points later, the absence of key members of the team could hardly be blamed for the way the rest of the roster performed.

While the Mavericks committed only 9 turnovers to the Heat’s 18, cutting their average during a recent three-game losing streak by over half, they were nevertheless outshot and outrebounded so badly that the turnovers didn’t matter. Missing Derek Fisher, Elton Brand and Brandan Wright as well as Dirk Nowitzki, the rest of the team simply didn’t perform up to their own standards and the Heat cruised to an easy victory.

It has been often said this season that as O. J. Mayo goes, so go the Mavericks and this game was no exception as Mayo had arguably his worst game as a Maverick, shooting 3-14 for 8 points. Jae Crowder scored 15 off the bench to lead the Mavs but did so on 5-13 shooting. Rookie Bernard James, playing extra minutes due to injuries, was the only highlight for the Mavericks, putting up 12 points and grabbing 9 rebounds plus 3 blocked shots.

The Mavericks shot only 38.5% from the field and 13.6% from downtown and lost the battle of the boards 47-36.  The Mavs not only failed to stop the “Big 3″ but the Heat shot over 53% so the game was pretty much an epic #FAIL on both ends of the floor.

LeBron James continued his streak of 20-point games with 24 points plus 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh had 19 and 17 points, respectively.

In depth analysis – if there is anything more to be said < sigh > – coming up on The Smoking Cuban.

Topics: Brandan Wright, Chris Bosh, Chris Kaman, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Darren Collison, Dirk Nowitzki, DirkNowitzki, Dominique Jones, Dwayne Wade, Elton Brand, Jae Crowder, LeBron James, Mavericks, Mavs, Miami Heat, NBA. Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter

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