The red-hot Mavs kept rolling in South Beach on Monday when Jason Terry scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter and was the driving force as Dallas pulled out a 98-96 victory over Miami and snapped the Heat's 12-game win streak.
Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 26 points, while the Heat's trio of stars (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) combined for 60 points, 22 rebounds and 14 assists. But it was Terry, coming off the bench, who led the Mavericks to their third consecutive victory and 15th in their last 16 games.
Caron Butler had 13 points for Dallas, while Shawn Marion ended with a game- high 13 rebounds.
Dallas has also won 14 in a row against Miami -- a streak that included the Heat's last loss, a 106-95 decision on Nov. 27. The Mavericks extended that run despite trailing at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, and after blowing a double-digit lead.
"At halftime we were a little frustrated because we had a lead and lost it, and we kind of battled back," said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. "I told them, 'We're within one point and [Terry] hasn't even scored a point yet.' So I said, 'We're in good shape. He's gonna get going -- we're gonna get him going.'"
The Mavericks, who will finish a three-game road trip in Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, are now an impressive 9-1 away from the Big D.
Orlando, meanwhile, continued to struggle last night in Atlanta, losing for the seventh time in eight games when Al Horford posted 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Hawks beat the new-look Magic, 91-81, at Philips Arena.
Dwight Howard recorded 19 points and 20 rebounds, his second straight 20-board performance, for the Magic, who were playing their first game with all their new trade acquisitions. On Saturday, the Magic pulled off two deals that netted them Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark.
The Magic were not helped immediately by the moves, however. Arenas had 10 points, while Richardson and Turkoglu had nine and eight, respectively. Orlando, normally a high-percentage shooting team, finished 35.2 percent from the field and 4-of-17 from three-point range.
"They're out there trying hard. They just...none of them played well," Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy said of his new players. "Nobody could shoot the ball. I think they've got a lot of emotion and stuff going on -- it was just a tough night."
The Mavs have won six on their past eight meetings with the Magic and the teams split the home-and-home season series a year ago with each club winning on the opposing home floor.