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Herro lifts Heat past Doncic, Mavericks for fifth consecutive win

/ 03:48 PM November 03, 2021
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) defends during the fourth quarter at American Airlines

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) defends during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Herro scored 25 points off the bench, leading the Miami Heat to their fifth straight win, a 125-110 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Herro had 15 of his points in the key second quarter, when the Heat took control of the game, and they never trailed again. The Heat also got 23 points from Jimmy Butler.

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Veteran point guard Kyle Lowry, in his first year with the Heat, had his best game of the season with 22 points and a game-high nine assists. He made 7 of 10 shots from the floor, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

Bam Adebayo, who missed Miami’s previous game due to a bruised left knee, returned and produced 22 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

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Miami made 13 of 25 3-point attempts (52 percent).

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with a game-high 33 points and a team-high five assists. Dallas also got 25 points from Jalen Brunson, 17 from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 10 from Reggie Bullock.

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The Mavericks, who lost for the second time in three games, were without Kristaps Porzingis (back) and Maxi Kleber (oblique).

Dallas, which led by 11 points early, settled for a 30-24 advantage at the end of the first quarter. During the first 12 minutes, the Mavericks made 5 of 12 3-point attempts while the Heat converted on just 1 of 5 from deep.

Miami used an 8-0 Herro run — two 3-pointers and a layup on consecutive possessions — to surge ahead 39-36 with 9:09 left in the second quarter.

The Heat never trailed again, going into halftime leading 70-62. The Heat made 8 of 9 second-quarter 3-point tries while the Mavericks were 3 of 11 from beyond the arc in the period.

Miami stretched its lead to 99-88 by the end of the third quarter despite a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Brunson.

The Heat, though, cruised in the fourth quarter.

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For the game, Miami had a 19-3 advantage on fastbreak points and a 48-38 edge in paint points. The Heat shot 51.8 percent from the floor and held Dallas to 44 percent shooting.

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