On the second night of a back-to-back, the Miami Heat responded from a home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers to win in overtime, 122-118 in Dallas.
The contest means that the Heat have improved to a league-best overtime record of 5-0.
For the second time in three games, Bam Adebayo recorded a triple-double. This time, he finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists while shooting 7-of-12 from the field while Jimmy Butler was the team's leading scorer with 27 points and seven assists.
For the Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr. was the top-scorer with 28, while Kristpas Porzingis finished with his 8th double-double of the season with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
A lot of takeaways from this one. Here are the biggest:
Luka Doncic situation
In just the second minute of the game, Doncic returned to the locker room with what was reported to be a right ankle sprain.
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"We hope it's not serious," coach Rick Carlisle said. "X-rays were negative. That's about all that we have for you now."
With Doncic out, his streak of consecutive games with at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists will be snapped at 20 - the third-longest in NBA history.
Nothing has been announced on Doncic's return but the injury couldn't have come at a worse time as the Mavericks are set to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors (three on the road).
Heat take control in the first half
With their MVP not on the court or on the bench, the Mavericks fell behind by as many as 24 in the first half.
The Heat shot 23-of-42 (54.8%) from the field and 12-of-19 (63.2%) from beyond the arc to hold a 73-50 lead at halftime. They had three players in double figures in the first half - Kelly Olynyk (15 points - 4-4 FG's, 3-3 3P's), Tyler Herro (14 points), and Meyers Leonard (10 points).
✈️ @TheRea1DJones is getting it done on both ends of the floor tonight! pic.twitter.com/6seBLrw0W1- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 15, 2019
They were perfect from the free-throw line (15-15), only committed five turnovers and assisted on 19 of their 23 field goals.
On the other hand, the Mavericks, who were dealing with the Doncic injury, struggled out of the gate. They only shot 18-of-47 (38.3%) from the field and 7-of-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, which isn't enough given how many they allowed the Heat to score.
Having taken a half to deal with the Doncic injury, the Mavericks came out strong after the break.
They outscored the Heat 31-18 in the third quarter and made it a game late in the fourth. They rallied from their huge halftime deficit to take the lead with just over four minutes to go.
WHAT A FINISH between the @MiamiHEAT and @dallasmavs!- NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2019
▪️ Bam posts a triple-double
▪️ Tim Hardaway Jr. drops 28 PTS
▪️ DAL comes back from down 24
▪️ MIA moves to 5-0 in OT this season! pic.twitter.com/SnbJ8o0jvH
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 of his 28 in the second half and Maxi Kleber scored 11 of his season-high 14 points in the second half. Jalen Brunson was a +20 in the second half, finishing with eight points (4-7 FG's), seven assists, and four rebounds.
Eventually, the Heat began answering their buckets and overtime was needed to settle the score.
In the second half, the Mavericks outscored the Heat 62-39 by but couldn't ice the game in overtime as an 8-0 run by the Heat over the last three minutes of the game sealed the game.