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                    === Heat continue road trip in Big D ===
 (  - The second half of the NBA season has treated the Miami
 Heat quite well in recent years and they hope a third time's a charm.
 The  two-time defending  champion Heat begin their post All-Star Game schedule
 Tuesday  night  against the Dallas Mavericks  in the continuation of a western
 road trip.
 Miami  is  3-1 on the road  trip and previously  took the court in a thrilling
 111-110  victory at  Golden State last Wednesday, as All-Star LeBron James hit
 the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left. James' shot followed Stephen
 Curry's 3-point play to make it 110-108 with 14.6 seconds remaining.
 The Heat sank 10-of-22 3-pointers and shot 53.8 percent from the field.
 "I  always  want to come  through for (my teammates),"  said James, who had 36
 points  on the night and is third in the NBA with 26.5 ppg. "Obviously I'm not
 going  to be successful every time, but to be able to deliver for them tonight
 meant everything."
 James had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in the All-Star Game.
 Dwyane  Wade  and Chris Bosh joined  James for the New Orleans festivities and
 combined for 15 points. Wade is listed as probable for Tuesday's game in Big D
 because of a sore foot.
 The Heat are 10-3 since Jan, 17 and have a 17-10 road record this season. They
 will  wrap  up the road trip  Thursday against NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant
 and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 Miami,  which is 2  1/2 games behind Indiana for the East's top seed, has only
 three home games during February.
 Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is three wins shy of 300 in his career.
 Dallas  is  hoping to continue  its postseason  push through the tough Western
 Conference and knocked off the NBA-best Pacers before the All-Star break.
 In  last  Wednesday's 81-73 triumph  at Indiana in  the finale of a three-game
 road  trip (2-1),  Monta Ellis  and  Dirk Nowitzki  scored 23  and 18  points,
 respectively,  for  the Mavericks, who  won despite shooting 35.7 percent. The
 key was forcing 20 turnovers into 20 points.
 "Both  teams were  battling and everything was contested. It was as physical a
 game  as I've  been a part of  in a long time,  but I like how we competed. We
 didn't  back down and kept competing on the defensive end," said Nowitzki, who
 is averaging 23.1 points in his past 14 games.
 Nowitzki  did  not score  (0-for-2) and  had one  rebound in Sunday's All-Star
 Game. He played just 8:26 off the bench.
 Nowitzki talked about Dallas' recent success and Tuesday's game.
 "We  competed  a lot harder  on defense  against one of  the best teams in the
 league  and we stole  one on the road (in Indiana), so that was a good feeling
 going  into  the break," Nowitzki said  Monday. "But, you know, there's really
 nothing  to rest on  or sit on and be happy about. We've got the champs coming
 in  tomorrow and they've been playing well. They won out West a bunch of games
 I saw, so they're ready to roll."
 The  Mavs  have been rolling, too,  with six wins  in the last seven tries and
 will  try to extend their home winning streak to four games. They have an 18-8
 record  in Big  D this season and  are a half-game ahead of Phoenix and Golden
 State for the sixth seed in the West.
 Dallas  is 21-4 this season when holding opponents under 100 points and has an
 8-2 record at home against teams from the East.
 After hosting the Heat, Dallas will return to the road for three games against
 Philadelphia,  Detroit  and New York.  Mavs guard Devin Harris (knee/ankle) is
 questionable versus Miami.
 Dallas  dropped  a 110-104 decision  at Miami on  Nov. 15, when Nowitzki (28),
 Vince  Carter (21)  and Ellis (20) all reached the 20-point mark. James pumped
 in  39 points on  14-of-18 shooting in that one for the Heat, who defeated the
 Mavs for a fifth straight time after losing 14 in a row in this series.
 The Heat, though, are just 3-10 in the last 13 games in Dallas.
 02/18 10:07:40 ET