Jason Terry scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks end Miami’s 12-game winning streak with a 98-96 victory over the Heat on Monday.
Terry made consecutive three-pointers down the stretch to lift the Mavericks (22-5) to their 15th win in 16 games.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with a team-high 26 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, which took a one-point lead with 6 minutes, 27 seconds remaining and never trailed again.
The Mavericks defense held the Heat to 40 percent shooting for the game.
Dwyane Wade paced Miami (21-9) with 22 points, while LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 19 each as the Heat have now suffered their last two losses to Dallas.
Miami was defeated by the Mavericks on Nov. 27 to drop to 9-8 on the season. Struggling to find chemistry with their three All Stars, the Heat held a player’s only meeting and quickly reeled off their 12-game win streak.
Despite entering Monday’s game in top form, Miami fell behind by 13 in the first quarter, but battled back to take a 44-43 lead into halftime. The Heat led by five early in the fourth until Terry began his scoring run.
The Mavericks led by one when Terry buried a three-pointer with 1 minute, 25 seconds remaining to give the visitors breathing room. Dallas clinched the game at the free throw line before Wade made a three-pointer with time expiring to shrink the final margin.
Sharp-shooting guard Mike Miller went scoreless in his season debut for the Heat after being sidelined with a thumb injury.
Spurs 118, Suns 110
In San Antonio, Texas, the Spurs’ winning streak reached nine with a victory over undermanned Phoenix.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Gary Neal scored 22 off the bench for the Spurs, who improved the NBA’s best record to 24-3 and are one victory from their second double-digit winning streak already this season.
Jared Dudley had 27 points for the Suns, who were still waiting to unite with trade acquisitions Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus. They’re expected to be ready for Phoenix’s next game tomorrow against Miami.
Hawks 91, Magic 81
In Atlanta, Georgia, the Hawks rolled over reconstructed Orlando.
Orlando, which hasn’t had time to practice since acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu on Saturday, struggled to find an offensive flow all night.
After setting a season low with 14 points in the first quarter, the Magic were held without a field goal for the first eight minutes of the final period as the Hawks lead reached 17. Al Horford scored 24 points to lead Atlanta.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but too little help, for Orlando.
In Monday’s other action, it was:
‧ Pacers 94, Hornets 93
‧ Jazz 101, Cavaliers 90
‧ Trail Blazers 106, Bucks 80
‧ Rockets 121, Warriors 112
‧ Wizards 108, Bobcats 75
‧ Clippers 113, T’wolves 90