The Dallas Mavericks were in position to shock the Miami Heat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, but the home team went on a run in overtime to emerge victorious, 119-109.
The Mavericks jumped off to a 30-22 lead after one quarter of play, but the Heat bounced back, taking the lead through three quarters.
But Dallas, determined not to go down without a fight, edged Miami in the fourth quarter after Dirk Nowitzki's 14-footer with three seconds left was true, setting up overtime.
It was all Miami in overtime, though, as the Heat outscored the Mavericks in the frame, 16-6.
Miami shot 47 percent from the floor (including 10 three-pointers), while Dallas shot 44 percent.
Player of the Game: LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat
LeBron James was sensational on Wednesday night, posting 32 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block.
He also assisted Shane Battier's three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, which proved to be vital when Nowitzki hit a jumper with three seconds left.
Up Next for Mavericks
Dallas hosts the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday. The Hornets just got back shooting guard Eric Gordon. He posted 24 points and seven assists in his first game back against the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 29.
Up Next for Heat
Miami hosts the Chicago Bulls on Friday. The Bulls are 17-13 this season, led by center Joakim Noah.