Mavs take down Wade-less Heat

BY foxsports • February 20, 2010

Jason Kidd scored 14 of his 21 points in fourth quarter, Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and the Dallas Mavericks held off the short-handed Miami Heat 97-91 Saturday night.

All-Star Game MVP Dwyane Wade missed his second in a row with a strained left calf and watched from the bench as the Heat's five-game winning streak ended.

Kidd scored 19 points in the second half as the Mavericks rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Miami for the 12th straight time in the regular season.

Daequan Cook scored a season-high 22 points, and Jermaine O'Neal added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat.

Caron Butler had 20 points and Kidd had 11 assists for the Mavericks, who have won three in a row. Kidd also had three steals and is one shy of tying Scottie Pippen for fifth place on the career list.

Kidd hit a 3-pointer that gave Dallas a 71-64 lead after three and then scored his team's first 11 points of the fourth. He was one point away from tying his season-high point total.

Miami's Mario Chalmers drove for a layup to make it 79-79 with 4:34 left.

Kidd followed with a 3-pointer, Nowitzki hit two free throws and Brendan Haywood put back a miss to make it 86-79 with 2:57 remaining.

The Mavericks hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute as they increased their lead in the Southwest Division to 2½ games over the San Antonio Spurs.

With Wade wearing a suit and a protective walking boot in a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, Miami jumped out to a 52-44 halftime lead.

Dallas rallied with a 19-5 run over the final 8:07 of the third.

Shawn Marion, who scored six points in the spurt, drove for a layup to tie it at 60. Nowitzki hit a jumper to give Dallas a 66-64 lead, and Kidd connected on a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to seven with 1:53 remaining in the third.

The Heat went 5 of 13 from the floor in the third and committed six turnovers, getting outscored 27-12 in the quarter.

Notes: Mavericks center Erick Dampier (right middle finger surgery) missed his third straight game. ... The Heat are 40-60 when Wade has missed a game in his career. ... DeShawn Stevenson, who was acquired from Washington, along with Butler and Haywood, saw his first action with the Mavericks, playing the final 25 seconds of the first half. ... Kidd banked in a shot from halfcourt, but he released it just after the halftime buzzer sounded.

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