Heat struggle to find footing on offense, fall to Mavericks on New Year’s Day
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points as the Mavericks rebounded from a 118-99 loss at home to Charlotte on Wednesday during which they trailed by 30 points in the second half.
The Mavericks scored the final nine points of the second quarter to lead 46-31 at halftime. They padded their lead with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and led by as many as 24 before a late Heat surge.
When Doncic hit a step-back 3-pointer late in the first half, it ended a personal 12-shot drought from long range. He finished 3 for 9 behind the arc and added seven assists.
The Heat’s Jimmy Butler scored two points, both on free throws, while playing 27 minutes in his first appearance since playing only the first half on Christmas against New Orleans because of a sprained right ankle.
Miami missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the first half and finished 7 for 33 behind the arc.
Heat: Miami has used different starting lineups in all five games this season. … G Gabe Vincent, who played 15 minutes in his season debut Wednesday, was inactive with a right knee injury.
Mavericks: James Johnson was fined $40,000 by the NBA for instigating a fourth-quarter incident in Wednesday’s loss.
Heat: On Monday they host the Oklahoma City Thunder, who will be playing their second of five straight on the road.
Mavericks: Begin their second three-game road trip of the young season Sunday at Chicago, then play at Houston the next night.