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NBA: Terry fires in last quarter to help Dallas burn Heats

December 21, 2010 12:00 IST

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 6:27 remaining and never trailed again.

The Mavericks defense held the Heat to 40 percent shooting for the game.

"We mixed up our zone and man-to-man nicely," Nowitzki said after the Mavericks won their 14th straight regular-season game against Miami.

"We just tried to clog the lane as much as we could. They settled for a lot of threes against our zone."

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 November 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 1:25 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.

"Bottom line is they made bigger plays down the stretch and were more consistent and hit some big shots," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

"It doesn't happen to us often that somebody scores 33 (fourth-quarter points) on us and did it in our building."

Sharp-shooting guard Mike Miller went scoreless in his season debut for the Heat after being sidelined with a thumb injury.

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