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What is it about the Mavs?

Make that a 14-game win streak -- for the Mavs against the Heat.

That has to be infuriating for the Heat. And Monday night's game was difficult to watch.

The start was exactly the opposite of what you would've expected from a Heat team that barely escaped Washington with a win and owed the Mavericks one. Yet, the Heat came out of the blocks setting for jumpers, playing passive defensively and allowing the Mavs to jump ahead by 13.

Obviously, the Heat recovered with a 17-0 run, but the team played in waves the entire game. And it just so happened that they ended the game on the wrong side of a run.

You almost wanted to say it while LeBron James was lighting up the Knicks with jumpers -- you couldn't because it was too much fun to watch -- but you just knew that his relying on the outside shot was going to come back and bite the Heat. And that happened Monday.

It was either the Mavs zone or simply an inability for him to find or create any driving lanes, but all night the Mavericks had him stifled.

And then it just got contagious.

Seriously, 31 three-point attempts? That's way too many. And that's exactly what teams want the Heat to do.

Maybe it's just the right time for the Heat to be humbled. With a couple days of practice time and a two-game trip against the Suns and Lakers upcoming, the team needs to settle some of the issues that the final few games of that win streak masked.

It also will help Mike Miller shake off that rust that was so evident in his four-minute, 0-of-4 performance against the Mavericks.

You could see, though, in that brief time that he has the ability to make plays when teams close out on him -- an ability that James Jones doesn't really have.


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