Derrick Jones Jr. slammed it down immediately to set the tone for Miami. Bam followed that up with an alley oop slam of his own seconds later. All off of passes from Goran Dragic, who was starting for the injured J-Rich.
The Mavericks fired back, coming back on a 7-0 run to take the lead, led by none other than Dirk Nowitzki.
Luka Doncic went to work for Dallas, but so did Dragic for Miami. While many focused a lot on Wade vs Dirk for #OneLastTime, it seemed as if Goran and Luka were fighting a similar battle as former teammates. It was a lot of fun.
Miami found themselves in a hole to start the second, with the Mavs taking an eight point lead. All of a sudden it seemed as if the Heat couldn’t hit anything with easy baskets rimming out often.
The Heat chipped away at lead and would once again get back into rhythm. With injuries ravaging the Heat, Duncan Robinson saw minutes and even connected on a beautiful And-1 reverse layup. Though known as a sharp shooter, he unfortunately struggled to connect on some open threes as Dallas clawed back in front once again.
The Heat managed to creep back towards the end of the quarter going on an 8-2 run, only for Dallas to go on a 6-0 run of their own.
The Heat struggled on the defensive end for the entire first half. They were down 10 headed into halftime.
Miami battled back to start the third quarter with Dion, Bam and Dragic all putting points on the board as Miami cut the deficit to 4. Dion Waiters hit another three to bring Miami within one. Though he’s struggled since coming back from injury, there’s not denying his talent especially once he sees a bucket fall. (He had 13 points in the quarter)
Miami would tie the game and start a few minutes of general back and forth with the lead changing hands multiple times.
The Heat fouled past their limit getting the Mavericks into bonus, and causing a lot of problems as they fell behind by 7 off a 10-3 Dallas run. Miami battled back, but had some work to do headed into the fourth.
The Heat came out firing to start the fourth quarter with Dragic and James Johnson getting Miami some much needed baskets. Scoring has been an issue for Miami this season, but it’s crazy how magnified it is when Justise and Josh Richardson sit. There were so many easy buckets missed.
Luckily, Miami would find a way to put together a 7-0 run and tie the game. They’d convert on some insane buckets. The Heat really dug deep, with Dragic leading the charge, hustling like a mad man and getting everybody involved (he earned himself a triple double). Around the 5:20 mark, Miami really got rolling, Duncan Robinson even snapped out of his slump for a big three.
Despite Miami’s success, Dallas wouldn’t go away as they tied things once again and eventually stealing the lead. But as always, Miami would lean on Dwyane Wade and despite struggling all game he’d come through once again on a big jumper. Goran Dragic would follow that up on the next offensive possession with an amazing up and under.
The Mavericks elected to go to Doncic (who hadn’t scored all quarter) in an effort to comeback. Up by two Doncic would intentionally foul Wade who’d sink both at the line, steal the ball on the next possession and ice the game with a layup.
When it’s against the Mavericks, you know Wade isn’t going to go down without a fight. A huge win for the Heat.