Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 20, 2012

Dec 25, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dribbles past a defending Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) during the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Heat defeated the Mavericks 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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LeBron James and the Miami Heat jumped out to an early lead and continued to pour it on for the duration, crushing the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 110-95.

Don't be misled by the 15-point margin; Miami's lead stayed comfortably in the mid-20s for most of the second half and only shrank in garbage time.

The Mavs simply couldn't put points on the board, a shortcoming that had its roots in poor shot selection, a lack of scoring talent and some aggressive Heat defense. O.J. Mayo, in particular, will want to forget this one. He made just three of his 14 attempts on the way to a disappointing eight points.

James topped Miami with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and he eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the 28th straight game in the third period. The Heat enjoyed a comfortable enough lead that the MVP didn't even have to play during the final 12 minutes.

Jae Crowder led a woeful Dallas attack with 15 points. As a team, the Mavs managed to shoot just under 39 percent from the field.

Miami moves to 17-6 with the easy win, while the Mavs drop to 12-14.

Final Score: Heat 110, Mavericks 95