The Dallas Mavericks on the road were down by as many as 16 points in the second half. They put a potential blowout to a stop and then it was hammer time. A 37-2 run was all they needed, and the Mavericks embarrassed the Miami Heat with a 93-72 win on Friday night. It was the 600th regular-season victory for Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.
The Heat are erratically still looking to find themselves. “At some point you say, ‘This is enough,'” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We don’t know how we get into these situations, but it will change.” Dallas trailed 49-33 in the third quarter. The score the rest of the way: Dallas 60, Miami 23.
The heating point came on early when Hassan Whiteside played like a man amongst boys. Whiteside was dominant early with 14 rebounds in the first eight minutes alone, and the Heat led 45-33 at the half.
Whiteside had 16 points and 24 rebounds, matching the second-most rebounds for a single game in franchise history. James Ennis scored 15, Chris Bosh had 12 and Mario Chalmers scored 10 for the Heat, who now head out on a weeklong road trip clinging to the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his season-high 20 points after halftime for Dallas, which got 12 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, and an 11-point, 13-rebound effort from Tyson Chandler.