MIAMI -- The Dallas Mavericks may not want to play the Miami Heat in this year's NBA Finals.If the regular season is any indication, the outcome could be different.
LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 19 points apiece and the Heat tripped the Mavs, 106-85, Thursday night at American Airlines Arena.
Coupled with Miami's 105-94 win over the Mavs in Dallas on opening day, the Heat wound up sweeping the season series from the Mavs, 2-0.
Using a huge 46-24 edge in the paint, the Heat ran off and hide from the Mavs, who clinched their first NBA championship last year when they won Game 6 in this same building.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 25 points, Lamar Odom tallied 12, and Brandan Wright and Vince Carter added 11 points apiece.
Behind nine points from Carter, the Mavs led 29-24 after the first quarter. But the Heat kept pressuring the Mavs and wound up leading, 60-53, at intermission. Miami's lead grew to 78-65 with 2:47 left in the third period following a 16-6 run.
The Mavs got within seven (90-83) with 4:37 remaining in the game, but failed to play solid defense down the stretch and were outscored 16-2 the rest of the way.
-- Dwain Price
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