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                         === James, Heat down Mavs ===
 Miami,  FL ( - The Dallas Mavericks, Miami's opponent in the
 2011 NBA Finals, are the last team to defeat the Heat in a playoff series.
 Miami hasn't lost to the Mavs since.
 LeBron  James had 39  points, six rebounds and four assists as the Heat downed
 the Mavericks, 110-104, on Friday night.
 Dallas  defeated Miami  in six games in  the 2011 NBA Finals, but have dropped
 all five of their regular-season tilts to the Heat since. Miami beat Dallas in
 the 2006 NBA Finals in six games.
 Miami has topped the 100-point mark in every game this season and has won five
 of its last six contests.
 Dwyane  Wade  had eight of Miami's  19 steals and  netted 17 points to go with
 eight assists in the triumph.
 "It  was a  competitive  game, that  team  can score,"  Heat  head coach  Erik
 Spoelstra said.
 Dirk  Nowitzki poured  in 28  points  to lead  Dallas, which  turned the  ball
 over 24 times and fell to 3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.
 "The turnovers doomed us," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.
 A  James jumper staked the Heat a 98-93 cushion with 5:22 remaining, but Miami
 played  the final  5:01 without point guard Mario Chalmers after he was called
 for a flagrant-two foul on Dirk Nowitzki.
 Chalmers  swung  his elbow at Nowitzki's  head while trying to fight through a
 Nowitzki  sunk both free  throws and then knocked down a jumper to whittle the
 gap to 98-97 with 4:17 left, but an 8-2 Miami flurry put the game away.
 After  Bosh  and Nowitzki  exchanged jumpers, James  nailed a tough one-footed
 step back from the high right elbow. A bit later, Monta Ellis came up short on
 a  game-tying  3-point try from the  right wing and  Bosh and James both hit a
 pair  of foul  shots on back-to-back possessions for a 106-99 Heat spread with
 46.7 ticks to go.
 Dallas  held a 32-31 edge after a quarter of play, but the Heat led by as many
 as 12 in the second before heading into the break with a 60-51 margin.
 Jose  Calderon's triple capped a 19-4 Mavs run, which gave Dallas a 72-70 lead
 late in the third.
 Miami,  though,  closed the frame  on a 16-6 surge  to take an 86-78 advantage
 into the final frame.
                                   Game Notes
 Miami's  Udonis Haslem sat  out due to back spasms, while Ray Allen missed the
 tilt due to the flu ... Miami's 19 steals were one off the team record ... The
 Heat shot 54.1 percent (40-of-74) from the field.
 11/15 23:48:13 ET