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Luka Doncic stars in Mavericks' rout of Heat

Field Level Media
21 Jan 2023, 13:40 GMT+10

Luka Doncic scored 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished seven assists -- all game highs -- to lead the host Dallas Mavericks to a 115-90 rout over the Miami Heat on Friday night.

Doncic, who entered the game leading the NBA in scoring (33.7), made 12 of 24 shots from the floor, including 5 of 8 3-pointers. He played 38 minutes as Dallas snapped its three-game losing skid.

The Mavericks, who also got 19 points from Spencer Dinwiddie, made 18 of 38 3-pointers (47.4 percent).

Miami, which had a 52-34 advantage on points in the paint, was led by reserve Victor Oladipo, who scored 20 points. Bam Adebayo added 18 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

But Jimmy Butler, who leads Miami in scoring on the season, was held to 12 points on 3-for-7 shooting. Dallas double-teamed him most of the night.

Miami was held to a season low in made 3-pointers (4-for-20).

Dallas was without starting center Christian Wood, who suffered a fractured left thumb in Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Wood, who is second on the Mavericks in scoring (18.4) and rebounds (8.4), finished that game but is now out indefinitely.

However, Dallas starting shooting guard Tim Hardaway returned after missing two games due to a sprained left ankle. He was held to eight points on 1-for-10 shooting.

Heat guard Tyler Herro, playing on his 23rd birthday, scored 16 points.

Miami's only lead came at 2-0, and Dallas dominated the rest of the way, grabbing a 31-19 advantage after the first quarter. Doncic knocked down a 37-footer before the buzzer.

Dallas stretched its lead to 17 points in the second quarter, but Miami cut its deficit to 60-51 at halftime. Dallas shot 11-of-21 on first-half 3-pointers, while Miami shot 2-of-8 from deep.

Doncic led all first-half scorers with 19 points. He made all four of his 3-point shots but just 3 of 6 free throws. Herro and Oladipo each had 13 points to lead Miami.

Dallas pushed its lead back up to 25 points, leading 92-67 at the end of the third. Doncic scored 11 points in the third to power Dallas.

The game was virtually over at that point, and Dallas led by as many as 30. The Mavs finished the game with a 31-10 edge in points off turnovers.

--Field Level Media

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