LeBron James put up 42 points and recorded 9 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks, 117-106. The Heat shot really well in this game, finishing 44-77 (57.1%). This is the third straight victory for Miami (38-14).
James shot 16-23 from the field (4-8 on 3-pointers) and 6-8 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Other key players for Miami included Chris Bosh with 22 points and 5 rebounds, Dwyane Wade with 13 points and 7 assists, and Mario Chalmers with 10 points and 9 assists. Despite the loss, Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points for Dallas on 7-14 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-7 from the free throw line. He also added 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Vince Carter contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds.
In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Miami (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.24 points per possession. The Heat recorded a sizzling eFG% of 63.6% and, on the season, are 12-1 when exceeding 60% in that statistic. Conversely, Dallas is 1-4 when opponents scorch the nets at that clip.
This drops Dallas (32-23) to 0-2 against Miami on the year.
Coming up next, the Heat square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 43-12 on the year. The Mavericks match up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently 15-40 this season. The Heat are 0-1 versus Oklahoma City this season. The Mavericks have a 1-0 record against Philadelphia this season.
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