Mavs turn up defense, turn down Heat

Dallas stops another long streak with strong pressure and Jason Terry's late spree

Updated: December 21, 2010, 8:38 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- The Mavericks spent the two days leading up to Monday's showdown talking endlessly about everything the Miami Heat had done right in rattling off 12 wins in a row since losing three weeks ago in Dallas.

The list was long and stunning: running more, playing all-world defense, playing off each other, shooting the lights out of the 3-ball. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were practically walking on water. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle went so far as to say Miami was doing "unprecedented things."

Then ...

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