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Game 55: Mavs vs. Heat presented-by-bbva-2 Subscribe via RSS

Postgame: Shawn Marion

Mavs F Shawn Marion talks about the upcoming road trip, the positives the team can take away from Tuesday's game against the Heat and says the team can hold their heads high because they left everything out on the court.

DALLAS — Entering the All-Star break with wins in six of their final seven games, the Dallas Mavericks hoped to recapture that momentum as they resumed play Tuesday night.

However, with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in town, the Mavericks acknowledged that they still needed to elevate their play in order to capture a win on their home hardwood.

But the long layoff between games and the do-it-all play of four-time MVP LeBron James would prove to be too much for the Mavs in their first game out of the break. The Mavericks (32-23) then began their 28-game sprint to the regular-season finish line on a sour note, falling to a 117-106 defeat.

“I like how we competed,” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said of the loss. “We played hard and gave ourselves a chance. Just down the stretch we weren’t good enough. LeBron kept making plays, and they stepped up their defense a little bit. We couldn’t score the last four or five minutes, so I guess that separates a good team from a great team.”

Beginning the night with starting shooting guard Monta Ellis drawing an offensive foul on Heat big man Chris Bosh, the Mavericks tried to set the tone early on defense. But the Heat’s aerial display would soon take flight behind James, who looked to duplicate his 39-point outing against the Mavs back on Nov. 15 while helping Miami take a 30-28 edge after the first 12 minutes of play.

After surrendering 13 first-quarter points to James, the Dallas defense was relieved to see the perennial All-Star on the bench to start the second stanza. Meanwhile, backup big man Brandan Wright provided a spark off the bench with his own above-the-rim finishes, helping Nowitzki as he filled up the stat sheet.

Still, even after the Mavs charged ahead by as many as five, the Heat would surge back in front behind James’ relentless attack. Miami then snuck into the visiting locker room with a 60-54 edge at the halftime intermission.

Led by James’ 19 points through two quarters on 8-of-11 shooting, the Heat’s 58.1 percent from the field as a team bettered the Mavericks’ 43.9 percent. The Mavs also played right into the Heat’s hands, surrendering 14 points off seven first-half turnovers.

After Ellis drew another charge to open the second half on the defensive end, the cat-quick guard also began to look for his own shot. Nowitzki and point guard Jose Calderon became more assertive as well, giving the Mavs the upper hand on the scoreboard midway through the third period.

Not to be outdone, however, James also went back on the attack as the visiting Heat team regained the lead. Wright and Mavs sixth man Vince Carter then answered with a rally of their own, boosting the home team into the fourth with an 85-84 edge.

“We played hard the whole night” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “We didn’t shoot it great in the first half. We didn’t defend as well as we did in the second half, for most of it at least. I felt we had a good run in us. We made a terrific run in the third quarter. We tried to keep it going and get some traction, but we had some untimely struggles.”

Exchanging haymakers and the lead, the two teams would continue to find themselves in a dogfight early in the final period. Dwyane Wade’s transition score then gave the Heat a 92-91 advantage, forcing a timeout by Carlisle with 8:00 left to play.

Out of the timeout, Carter immediately responded, swishing in a 3-pointer and converting a four-point play after a foul by Ray Allen. But James would once again have an answer, draining back-to-back triples and then throwing down a thunderous slam at the other end of the floor to put Miami back in front after eight straight points.

When we turned it over, [James] was gone,” Mavs forward Shawn Marion said of the stretch. “He’s one of the fastest guys in the league in the open court. After his fourth open-court dunk, the basket started to get bigger for him. Then he started pulling up for threes and started hitting some. It just opened the game up.”

The Miami run would continue to 14-0 as Heat big man Chris Andersen threw down a two-handed slam, forcing another Carlisle timeout with the Mavs down 106-95 as 3:20 remained on the game clock. And despite a valiant comeback attempt, the Mavs would eventually succumb to defeat after Bosh’s 3-pointer turned into a four-point possession following Calderon’s foul on Andersen with 1:18 left to play.

Finishing with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Nowitzki fell just shy of a triple-double, snatching down nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists in a losing effort. Off the bench, Carter pitched in 15 points. Calderon, Ellis and Wright all also registered 12 points apiece.

Led by James’ 42 points on 16 of 23 from the field, nine rebounds and six assists, the Heat finished with five scorers in double figures. The Heat (38-14) also outshot the Mavericks as a team, 57.1 percent to 40 percent, overshadowing a 50-28 deficit in the rebounding department with 24 points off Dallas 16 turnovers.

“[James] was great,” Carlisle confessed. “He was great in all areas. He is great and we know he is great. He scored a bundle of points on us last time, and he was even better tonight. But that’s him, and I thought we played extremely hard and our heart was in the right place all night. We just had some untimely misses, some untimely turnovers, and that really hurt us. They are a team that takes advantage of those and they make you pay an exponential price. That’s what happened in the fourth quarter.”

Note: The Mavs will now embark on a three-game road trip, touching down in Philadelphia for Friday’s matchup against the 76ers. Dallas leads the season series 1-0 after a 97-94 home win back on Nov. 18. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 6 p.m. CT.

The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center next Wednesday night, hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Miami Heat
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
LeBron James, F 38 16-23 4-8 6-8 2 7 9 6 2 0 3 2 19 42
Shane Battier, F 22 1-4 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 3 1 2
Chris Bosh, C 33 8-12 2-4 4-6 0 5 5 1 3 2 3 5 10 22
Dwyane Wade, G 33 4-7 0-0 5-6 1 2 3 7 0 1 1 1 -9 13
Mario Chalmers, G 29 4-8 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 9 4 0 2 4 17 10
Ray Allen 21 0-5 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Chris Andersen 26 7-9 1-1 3-3 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 4 6 18
Michael Beasley 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 -8 2
Norris Cole 21 1-4 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 1 2 3
Greg Oden 5 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 5
Toney Douglas 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Udonis Haslem 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
James Jones 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rashard Lewis 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roger Mason Jr. 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    44-77 10-26 19-24 7 21 28 29 11 5 12 23   117
    57.1% 38.5% 79.2%                    
Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 27 3-9 1-4 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 4 4 -21 7
Dirk Nowitzki, F 36 7-14 1-5 7-7 2 7 9 7 1 0 1 1 7 22
Samuel Dalembert, C 19 3-8 0-0 1-2 4 5 9 0 0 0 0 2 1 7
Monta Ellis, G 37 4-13 1-3 3-4 0 2 2 2 3 0 3 2 -20 12
Jose Calderon, G 29 4-9 2-6 2-2 0 3 3 3 0 0 2 2 -20 12
Vince Carter 26 2-9 1-5 10-11 6 1 7 1 1 0 2 3 -13 15
DeJuan Blair 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 2
Devin Harris 18 2-3 1-1 4-4 0 4 4 5 0 0 3 1 5 9
Jae Crowder 13 2-3 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 9 5
Brandan Wright 22 5-13 0-0 2-2 3 2 5 0 0 1 1 0 -9 12
Bernard James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
Shane Larkin 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Wayne Ellington 0 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gal Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    34-85 9-27 29-32 21 29 50 20 6 1 16 16   106
    40.0% 33.3% 90.6%                    

Vince Gets Heated

After LeBron James makes the quick layup he collides with Vince Carter who slams the ball in LeBron's direction.

 

Oop to Wright

Off the Heat turnover Devin Harris goes up top to Brandan Wright who throws down the jam.

 

Heat vs. Mavericks: First half

LeBron James has 19 points at the break and the Heat lead the Mavericks by six at the half.

 

Shootaround: Shawn Marion

Mavs F Shawn Marion talks about the defense he played against the Heat in the 2011 Finals, the gameplan against them tonight, his take on the Mount Rushmore debate and more.

 

Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Tuesday night's game against the Heat, gearing up for the second half of the season and more.

DALLAS — After locking down one of the NBA’s top perimeter scorers in the Dallas Mavericks’ last outing, four-time All-Star forward Shawn Marion will have his hands full once again Tuesday night.

Holding Pacers swingman Paul George to just 4-of-17 shooting for his 12 points in the Mavericks’ 81-73 win at Indiana last Wednesday, Marion will once again be called upon as Dallas’ lead defensive catalyst. This time, however, it’s four-time MVP LeBron James that Marion finds himself squaring off against as the Mavericks (32-22) try to end a five-game losing skid at the hands of the Miami Heat.

“LeBron’s a little bit bigger and a bit stronger,” Marion said as he makes the adjustment from guarding George to defending James. “It’s similar in ways. You’ve just got to make it hard for them. If you make them take contested jump shots, it can be a long night for them. And keep easy buckets away from them. That’s all you can do.

“[James] is a very talented player. He’s a handful, especially in transition. You’ve got to just make him take tough shots and jumpers. If you keep him from getting easy dunks and layups and stuff, like anybody, they’re going to have a hard time scoring.”

Keeping James from converting easy scores was something the Mavs failed to do the last time they faced the Heat (37-14), falling to a 110-104 road defeat back on Nov. 15 as James scored a game-high 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting. Still, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says he won’t leave Marion alone on an island, planning instead to throw multiple defenders James’ way as he comes to town averaging 30.2 points on 61.6 percent shooting in his last five games versus Dallas.

“Hey, when you’ve got a great player like that, you’re not going to shut the guy down,” Carlisle explained. “But you’ve got to just try to make it as hard as possible, and we’ve got to do it collectively. You know, Marion is a (heck) of a defender. [Jae] Crowder has become a good defender and he’s getting better. But it’s not on any one person to shut down LeBron James. It’s just not going to happen.”

Note: The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday, facing off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Miami leads the season series 1-0 after handing Dallas a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

 

DALLAS — Returning from the All-Star break with their eyes set on reaching the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks will face the ultimate challenge as they begin their 28-game sprint to the finish line.

Squaring off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat Tuesday night in their first game since the break, the Mavericks (32-22) will try to continue their recent ascent up the Western Conference standings, beginning the second portion of the schedule in the sixth position. The Mavs will also try to recapture the momentum their seized entering the break, after winning six of their last seven games.

“We played well and it was great, but it’s over and we have to look forward now to Miami, who has played extremely well,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confessed. “They’ve won back-to-back games in Phoenix and Golden State, which is very hard to do. And they’re coming off the break, too, so it’s an interesting matchup.”

Since defeating the Heat (37-14) in six games during the 2011 Finals, the Mavericks have dropped five straight meetings to Miami, including a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15 as four-time MVP LeBron James torched the Dallas defense for 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting.  The Mavs will try to buck that trend Tuesday night while attempting to slow down James, who is averaging 30.2 points and shooting 61.6 percent during the five-game span.

Meanwhile, the Mavs hope to once again rely on their defense in order to capture a win against another perennial power, trying to build off last Wednesday’s 81-73 road win in Indiana after holding the Pacers to just 32.1 percent shooting. Behind another strong defensive display, the Dallas team now looks to improve on a 15-7 mark against the Eastern Conference.

“We competed a lot harder on defense against one of the best teams in the league and we stole one on the road (in Indiana), so that was a good feeling going into the break,” 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki explained. “But, you know, there’s really nothing to rest on or sit on and be happy about. We’ve got the champs coming in (Tuesday) and they’ve been playing well. They won out West a bunch of games I saw, so they’re ready to roll.”

Note: The Mavs return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday, facing off against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Miami leads the season series 1-0 after handing Dallas a 110-104 road loss back on Nov. 15. The game will air locally on Fox Sports Southwest at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (214) 747-MAVS (6287) or by visiting Mavs.com.

Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle

On LeBron’s performance
“He was great. He was great in all areas. He is great and we know he is great. He scored a bundle of points on us last time and he was even better tonight. But, that’s him and I thought we played extremely hard and our heart was in the right place all night. We just had some untimely misses, some untimely turnovers, and that really hurt us. They are a team that takes advantage of those and they make you pay an exponential price. That’s what happened in the 4th quarter. We have to regroup and we have to look forward. We have a very important trip coming up and from here we all know how important all of the games are.”

On the Mavs’ performance to start the game
“We played hard the whole night. We didn’t shoot it great in the first half. We didn’t defend as well as we did in the second half, for most of it at least. I felt we had a good run in us. We made a terrific run in the third quarter. We tried to keep it going and get some traction, but we had some untimely struggles. Let’s just put it that way.”

On the team’s rebounding tonight
“Miami’s rebounding numbers are never good because they play small. They are a minus 7 per game team that is winning at a 75% clip. They are a bit of an outlier that way. But they have great skill guys and they have LeBron James, who is as great as there is in this game today. I knew we had to earn a lot of boards, but the turnover situation is ultimately what got us. We had some opportunities for some shots during critical periods that didn’t go down when they were real makeable and it just went the wrong way for us.”

 

Mavs Forward Shawn Marion

“We battled out there. They were able to capitalize on our turnovers. But for the most part, I thought we did the job out there. Everybody competed, helped each other and was communicating when we needed to. We just had some costly turnovers and they were able to hurt us.”

On trying to stop LeBron tonight

“When we turned it off, he was gone. He’s one of the fastest guys in the league in the open court. After his fourth open court dunk, the matchups started to get bigger on him. Then he started pulling up from threes and started hitting some. It just opened the game up.”

How does a team bounce back?

“I think we’re disappointed that we lost, but at the same time, we can keep our heads up and realized we were in it until the end. We were down to the last few minutes of the game, and we were right there. It was a game of runs, and they were able to get the last run and get the win. Right now we’re going to shake it off by coming in before we go on this next road trip and get ready.”