NBA: Heat beat Mavericks after Doncic injured

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Dec 15 2019 01:10 PM

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball against Tim Hardaway Jr. #11 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on December 14, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Ronald Martinez, Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler scored 27 points as the Miami Heat recorded a 122-118 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in a game that saw Luka Doncic injure his ankle early in the first quarter.

After Jalen Brunson's 3-pointer gave Dallas a 118-114 lead in overtime, Tyler Herro answered with one of his own before Bam Adebayo's emphatic dunk gave Miami the advantage.

Butler rebounded after missing a pair of free throws by making his next two with 5.7 seconds remaining, and Brunson misfired on a 3-point attempt to effectively end the game.

Herro finished with 19 points and Adebayo collected a triple-double with 18 points, 11 boards and 10 assists for the Heat, who rebounded after dropping a 113-110 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. made six 3-pointers to highlight his 28-point performance and Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have lost two of three after winning 10 of their previous 11.

X-rays were negative for Doncic, who did not return to the game after stepping on the foot of Miami guard Kendrick Nunn while driving to the basket. He remained on the floor for several moments before hobbling to the locker room.

Doncic, who was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2018-19, entered the game averaging team-leading totals in points (30.4), rebounds (9.9) and assists (9.3) this season. His streak of 20 consecutive games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists ended due to the injury.

The Heat shot a blistering 54.8 percent from the field (23 of 42) in the first half and 63.2 percent from 3-point range (12 of 19) to seize a 73-50 lead at intermission. 

The 70-plus-point first half marked the fourth time that the Heat accomplished the feat this season, which is the most in franchise history.

Hardaway Jr. scored 10 points in the third quarter as Dallas trimmed a 24-point deficit down to three after J.J. Barea's driving layup with 7:03 remaining in the fourth.

The air was taken out of the American Airlines Center after Doncic departed, and the Heat took advantage of a stunned Mavericks club by bolting out to a 37-16 lead in the first quarter. 

Meyers Leonard sank a pair of 3-pointers to highlight his 10-point performance in the quarter.

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