DALLAS, Texas – The Dallas Mavericks looked to return the favor on their home court but fell short to Miami 88-95. Earlier on in the season the Mavs allowed Miami to start off both havles on a 12-0 run, they know now they will have to come out with some aggression from start to finish. The Mavs suffered from a 113-101 loss in Miami on Dec. 22. Miami outshot the Mavs 28-21 in that game, shooting 63.9 percent to 50.7 percent while falling short.
The Heat led by as many as 10 before rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. hit a three-pointer at the buzzer entering halftime. The Mavs led the game in the first half by outshooting the Heat, 42.9 percent to 41.9 percent. They also held a 23-20 rebound advantage. Smith came out aggressively in the second half attacking the basket. He drove making a two-handed slam dunk and mad the deficit 89-82. Harrison Barnes followed with two free throws that kept the Mavs within seven with 2:12 remaining.
Barnes scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting and following him Wesley Matthew added 19 points and seven rebounds. Smith had a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Dirk Nowitzki made it four Mavericks in double figures with 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Mavericks will now begin their four-game road trip Wednesday in Phoenix against the Suns and will return to the American Airlines Center on Feb. 10 to host the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bailey Overstreet graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Sports Media and Religion. While at OSU she was the Vice-President of The National Association of Black Journalist. In the summer of 2017 she worked at the University of Tulsa in their Communication Department. Bailey has experience in reporting and producing. She is a naive from Tulsa, Oklahoma.