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Nowitzki, red-hot Mavericks visit Wade, Heat in Finals rematch

Jan 21, 2007 - 2:43 PM Dallas (33-8) at Miami (18-21) 1:00 pm EST

MIAMI (Ticker) -- A lot has changed since last June's NBA Finals, namely both teams involved.

In a rematch of last season's championship series, the Dwyane Wade and the shorthanded Miami Heat host the red-hot Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

After losing to the Heat in six games in their first appearance in the NBA finals, the Mavericks opened the 2006-07 campaign with four straight losses.

However, Dallas has righted the ship in a big way since then, winning 33 of its last 37 contests and cementing itself once again as one of the NBA's elite teams.

Led by superstar Dirk Nowitzki and rising youngster Jos Howard, the Mavericks have been nearly unbeatable for the better part of a month, winning 19-of-20 games since December 11. Dallas' only loss over that span was a 101-98 setback vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on January 7.

The Mavericks exacted a measure of revenge against Los Angeles on Thursday, racing past the Lakers in the third quarter en route to a 114-95 triumph.

Howard scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Nowitzki added 27 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, which extended its winning streak to six games. The duo of Howard and Nowitzki have been the driving force behind Dallas' success, combining to average 44.5 points and 16.6 rebounds per game this season.

While the Mavericks have thrived since their slow start, the Heat conversely have struggled to awaken from their championship hangover, dealing with injuries to their two superstars and an illness to their Hall of Fame coach.

With superstar center Shaquille O'Neal sidelined for all but four games this season with a knee injury, Miami has relied heavily on Wade, the reigning finals MVP who also has missed time this season with a wrist ailment.

The Heat slowly have started to turn things around, winning five of their past seven contests. However, Miami looked lost in Friday's 98-95 overtime setback at Philadelphia, which owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst mark in the league.

Wade scored 28 points and dished out nine assists but shot just 10-of-26 for the Heat, who fell to 5-4 without coach Pat Riley, who took an indefinite leave of absence on January 3 for medical reasons.








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    DALLAS 99
    MIAMI 93 FINAL

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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    DALLAS 31 20 51
    MIAMI 23 17 40 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    DAL - JOSH HOWARD 15, DIRK NOWITZKI 12, ERICK
    DAMPIER 8
    MIA - DWYANE WADE 17, JASON WILLIAMS 8, ALONZO
    MOURNING 6

    Jan 21 2:07 PM


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    DALLAS 31
    MIAMI 23 END, 1ST QTR

    Jan 21 1:33 PM