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James leads Heat past Mavs

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James put the Heat on his back Tuesday and carried Miami to a 117-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

James erupted for a season-high 42 points on an efficient 16-of-23 shooting display and fueled a late 14-0 run that put the game away. The four-time league MVP added nine rebounds and six assists for good measure as the Heat improved to 4-1 on a road trip that ends Thursday against the Thunder.

"If we can continue to play at a high level defensively and continue to share the ball ... we will give ourselves a good chance to win," James said of Thursday's showdown.

Chris Bosh chipped in with 22 points, Chris Andersen contributed 18 off the bench and Dwyane Wade provided 13 points with seven assists.

The Mavs, who had won six of seven heading into the All-Star break, committed 16 turnovers and watched the Heat shoot 57.1 percent from the floor, negating their huge 50-28 rebounding advantage.

Dirk Nowitzki filled the box score with 22 points, nine boards and seven assists in defeat.

Vince Carter added 15 points for Dallas, as his four-point play with 7:47 remaining put the hosts ahead 95-92.

From there, the Mavs went over six minutes without a making field goal, missing nine consecutive shots and turning the ball over three times during the drought.

James did the damage at the other end.

He drained tying and go-ahead 3-pointers on consecutive possessions midway through the fourth, and dunks by him and Andersen stretched Miami's lead to 102-95.

Another slam by Andersen off a feed from James made it an 11-point game inside 3 1/2 minutes to go, and the Heat cruised from there.

"It was a game of runs, and they were able to get the last run and get the win," Mavs forward Shawn Marion said.

There were 13 lead changes and seven ties in the first half, and James' 19 points helped the Heat take a 60-54 lead into the break.

The teams traded big runs in the third quarter. Miami countered Dallas' 15-5 spurt midway through the frame with 10 consecutive points to retake the lead at 80-76, and the Mavs scored nine of the final 13 points to bring a slim 85-84 lead into the fourth.

Game Notes

This was James' highest scoring output since dropping 43 points against the Hawks on Mar. 18, 2011 ... Dallas pulled down 21 offensive rebounds ... Despite Dallas' rebounding prowess, the Heat owned a 56-34 advantage in points in the paint ... Miami has won six straight meetings after losing 14 in a row in this series.

02/19 00:41:22 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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y= clinched division title
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