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Heat continue road trip in Big D

(SportsNetwork.com) - The second half of the NBA season has treated the Miami Heat quite well in recent years and they hope a third time's a charm.

The two-time defending champion Heat begin their post All-Star Game schedule Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks in the continuation of a western road trip.

Miami is 3-1 on the road trip and previously took the court in a thrilling 111-110 victory at Golden State last Wednesday, as All-Star LeBron James hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left. James' shot followed Stephen Curry's 3-point play to make it 110-108 with 14.6 seconds remaining.

The Heat sank 10-of-22 3-pointers and shot 53.8 percent from the field.

"I always want to come through for (my teammates)," said James, who had 36 points on the night and is third in the NBA with 26.5 ppg. "Obviously I'm not going to be successful every time, but to be able to deliver for them tonight meant everything."

James had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the All-Star Game.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined James for the New Orleans festivities and combined for 15 points. Wade is listed as probable for Tuesday's game in Big D because of a sore foot.

The Heat are 10-3 since Jan, 17 and have a 17-10 road record this season. They will wrap up the road trip Thursday against NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miami, which is 2 1/2 games behind Indiana for the East's top seed, has only three home games during February.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is three wins shy of 300 in his career.

Dallas is hoping to continue its postseason push through the tough Western Conference and knocked off the NBA-best Pacers before the All-Star break.

In last Wednesday's 81-73 triumph at Indiana in the finale of a three-game road trip (2-1), Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 and 18 points, respectively, for the Mavericks, who won despite shooting 35.7 percent. The key was forcing 20 turnovers into 20 points.

"Both teams were battling and everything was contested. It was as physical a game as I've been a part of in a long time, but I like how we competed. We didn't back down and kept competing on the defensive end," said Nowitzki, who is averaging 23.1 points in his past 14 games.

Nowitzki did not score (0-for-2) and had one rebound in Sunday's All-Star Game. He played just 8:26 off the bench.

Nowitzki talked about Dallas' recent success and Tuesday's game.

"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," Nowitzki said Monday. "But, you know, there's really nothing to rest on or sit on and be happy about. We've got the champs coming in tomorrow and they've been playing well. They won out West a bunch of games I saw, so they're ready to roll."

The Mavs have been rolling, too, with six wins in the last seven tries and will try to extend their home winning streak to four games. They have an 18-8 record in Big D this season and are a half-game ahead of Phoenix and Golden State for the sixth seed in the West.

Dallas is 21-4 this season when holding opponents under 100 points and has an 8-2 record at home against teams from the East.

After hosting the Heat, Dallas will return to the road for three games against Philadelphia, Detroit and New York. Mavs guard Devin Harris (knee/ankle) is questionable versus Miami.

Dallas dropped a 110-104 decision at Miami on Nov. 15, when Nowitzki (28), Vince Carter (21) and Ellis (20) all reached the 20-point mark. James pumped in 39 points on 14-of-18 shooting in that one for the Heat, who defeated the Mavs for a fifth straight time after losing 14 in a row in this series.

The Heat, though, are just 3-10 in the last 13 games in Dallas.

02/18 10:07:40 ET

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Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington «118Final | Box
Boston102
Brooklyn85Final | Box
Cleveland «114
Dallas105Final(OT) | Box
Memphis «106
Philadelphia «100Final | Box
Miami87
Atlanta «111Final | Box
Milwaukee103
Utah «136Final(2nd OT) | Box
Minnesota130
Houston100Final | Box
New Orleans «105
Toronto92Final | Box
New York «95
Detroit111Final | Box
Oklahoma City «112
LA Lakers «113Final | Box
San Antonio100
Golden State «116Final | Box
Denver112
LA Clippers104Final | Box
Portland «110
Phoenix «104Final | Box
Sacramento99
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR