Nowitzki’s Milestone Night Ruined in Loss to Heat.

Slow start buries the Mavericks.

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Dirk Nowitzki hit an early three-point shot to move him up to 12th on the all-time list, but that was about the only bright spot on the night for the Mavericks.

Oddly enough, one of the stars of the game for the Heat was a player the Mavericks actually enabled them to keep.

A trade between Miami and Dallas allowed the Heat to free up some cap space that allowed them to hold on to Wayne Ellington.

Ellington paid them back by scoring a career high 28 points.

In addition to Ellington’s big night, the Mavericks ran into the problem they have seen far too often this season, which is being dominated in the first and third quarters of the game.

While they have recently fixed the first quarter problem, the third quarter is something that has cost them in roughly 75 percent of their games this season.

Last night, the Heat managed to go on a 12-0 run in both the first and third quarters, creating a deficit that was just too much to overcome.

Captain Obvious, otherwise known as Coach Carlisle, stated that being outscored “12-0 to start the game, 12-0 to start the second half. You combine it, it’s ridiculous.”

He continued, “Their level of force was greater from start to finish. We made some good runs but when you’re swimming against the current the whole game, it’s difficult to get over the hump.”

Nowitzki had a rather interesting comment after the game, stating, “They [the Heat] just compete. That’s their DNA down here.”

If I were to read into his comments, I would say he was insinuating that not everyone on the Mavericks roster competes hard for 48 minutes a night, every night.

And that is a major problem.

Game Notes

Rebounding continues to be a problem for the Mavericks, as they were outrebounded 35-22. Their 22 rebounds was a season low in the NBA this season.

Ferrell led the Mavericks in scoring, with 23, and both Nowitzki and Barnes had 20, with all other Mavericks held to single digits.

Up Next

The Mavericks (9-24) go right back at it tonight against the Atlanta Hawks (7-25). This is a nice chance to finally get to double digit wins playing a team that has only managed to win four games at home this season.