DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat 93-83 yesterday.
Tim Hardaway Jr added 18 points as the Mavericks rebounded from a 118-99 loss at home to Charlotte on Wednesday during which they trailed by 30 points in the second half.
Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and Avery Bradley 15 for Miami.
The Mavericks scored the final nine points of the second quarter to lead 46-31 at halftime. They padded their lead with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and led by as many as 24 before a late Heat surge.
When Doncic hit a step-back three-pointer late in the first half, it ended a personal 12-shot drought from long range. He finished three for nine behind the arc and added seven assists.
The 21-year-old two-time All-Star with 29 career triple-doubles recently acknowledged he’s out of shape early this season.
“Luka’s going to get there,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s busting his tail. He’s working hard. You saw him working out after the game (Wednesday). Everything for him now is trending in a good direction conditioning-wise.”
Heat All-Star Jimmy Butler scored two points, both on free throws, and shot 0 for 6 from the floor over 27 minutes in his first appearance since playing only the first half on Christmas against New Orleans because of a sprained right ankle.
Miami missed all 12 of its three-point attempts in the first half and finished seven for 33 behind the arc.