Point guard Goran Dragic was on fire as he lead the Miami Heat to their second successive win over the Dallas Mavericks.
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The Miami Heat were able to achieve something in their win over the Dallas Mavericks that they have only accomplished on four occasions this season. They won back-to-back games. And leading way again for the Heat was Goran Dragic in their 99-95 win. Dragic scored 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field, which included 4-of-4 from downtown.
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Dragic notched 22 of his 32 after halftime, including 11 in the final quarter as the Mavericks simply couldn’t find a way to curb his brilliance. The following shot chart demonstrates exactly where Dragic did his damage:
The game marked the 18th time Dragic has scored 20 or more points for the season. It was also the third time he has eclipsed the 30 point mark.
The impact Dragic had on the contest was profound when breaking down the metrics. The Heat scored 112.8 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor and just 84.7 when he was resting. Therefore, the Heat needed every one of the 37 minutes he spent on the court.
For Dragic, this game continues not only an impressive season, but also an impressive recent stretch. In the month of January, Dragic is now averaging 21.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 34.9 minutes per game. Most impressively, he is converting at 51.7 percent from he field and 41.9 percent from behind three during this current stretch.
With a 13-30 record, the Heat are clearly enjoying being back home following a horror six-game road trip. Barring a miracle, the playoffs are seemingly out of the question. Therefore, the Heat will likely be utilizing the remainder of the season to determine which path they will be following this coming off-season.