Feb 18, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon (8) and power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. James leads his team with 42 points. The Heat defeated the Mavericks 117-106. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Heat At Mavericks Final Score: James Tops 40; Heat Win 117-106

The Heat opened the post All-Star break schedule with a big win, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 117-106, to improve to 38-14 on the season.

For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with a season-high 42 points, to go along with a game-high nine rebounds, and a team-high six assists. Chris Bosh scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Chris Andersen contributed 18 points off the bench.

For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Vince Carter finished with 15 points off the bench. Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, and Brendan Wright scored 12 points each.

The game was a back and forth affair through most of the game, with Dallas leading 85-84 after three quarters. Dallas took a three point lead after a four-point play from Carter with 7:47 left in the game. At that moment, LeBron re-entered the game and proceeded to run off eight straight points to put the Heat up by five and put them up for good. From that 7:47 moment, the Heat went on a 25-9 scoring spurt to close the game out.

This was another impressive game from James, as he takes his shot at the MVP award in the last 30 games of the season. In the last three games (at PHX, at GS, and at DAL), James is averaging 38.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. In addition to that, he’s shooting 59 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line. He looks poised to pick up his intensity as the playoffs draw near.

The next scheduled game for the Heat is Thursday night, as they finish off their road trip in Oklahoma City against the Thunder (43-12). The tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.

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