Sunday , Jan , 21 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks down Heat in finals rematch

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Josh Howard had 25 points and nine rebounds, as
the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 99-93 win over the Miami Heat at American
Airlines Arena.

Jerry Stackhouse poured in 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter while
Dirk Nowitzki netted 22 and pulled down 11 boards for the Mavericks, who have
won four straight on the road, seven in a row overall and 20 of their last 21
contests. Jason Terry added 11 points and dished out 11 assists in the win.

“He (Stackhouse) has been looking strong for us ever since we have him on a
minute restriction,” said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson. “We don’t win the
game if he doesn’t come off the bench and do what he did tonight. It wasn’t
perfect; it wasn’t great but a road game in our league, especially against the
world champions, you can’t discount that.”

Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 31 points and also grabbed six boards and
handed off six assists for the Heat, who have lost two straight and three of
their last four games. Jason Williams chipped in 17 points and Udonis Haslem
had 15 points and eight boards in the loss.

“The difference in the game, bottom line, is second-chance points,” said Miami
head coach Ron Rothstein. “They had 19, we had five. That is the bottom line.
If we held our ground there I think I would be sitting up really happy with a
win.”

This was the first meeting between the teams since Miami came from behind and
won four straight games, defeating the Mavs in six games for the NBA
championship.

Antoine Walker’s layup brought the Heat within four, 64-60, but Dallas tallied
eight of the next 10 points, including Stackhouse’s three-point play,
extending the lead to 72-62.

Miami countered with a 13-4 rally, spanning the third and fourth quarters,
capped by Wade’s three-point play, narrowing the gap to 76-75.

The Mavs answered with seven straight points, all coming off the hands of
Stackhouse, for an 83-75 margin with under 9 1/2 minutes left.

With Dallas leading 90-84, Miami fought back with six consecutive points,
ending with Wade’s fadeaway jumper, tying the game with nearly 3 1/2 minutes
to play.

However, the Mavericks then scored six straight of their own for a 96-90
advantage with 2:09 remaining.

Williams sank a free throw and Wade followed with a layup, bringing the Heat
within 96-93 with 56 ticks left, but his game-tying trey attempt rimmed out.
In the last two minutes Miami missed on 3-of-4 from the line.

After scoring 16 of the first 23 points for Miami, Wade came down awkwardly
on his left ankle while trying to grab a rebound and headed to the locker
room.

Stackhouse’s jumper as time expired gave the Mavericks a 31-23 lead after the
opening 12 minutes.

Dallas opened the second quarter by scoring eight of the first 10 points,
for a 38-25 lead, but then Wade returned with nearly nine minutes to play.

Trailing 42-28, the Heat reeled off an 11-4 streak, highlighted by an
acrobatic layup from Williams, cutting the deficit to 46-39. The guard drove
to the hoop with the ball extended in his right hand before switching to his
left in the air and flipping it in off the glass.

Terry’s three-pointer with .5 ticks on the clock gave the Mavericks a 51-40
halftime lead.

Game Notes

Walker finished with 11 points and five rebounds…The Heat shot 49 percent
from the field, while the Mavs connected on 47 percent of their shots from the
floor…Dallas cleaned up on the glass, outrebounding Miami 48-35. The Mavs
are 27-1 when outrebounding their opponent…Wade registered his 17th game of
at least 30 points this season.

DAL MIA