Monday, June 12, 2006

Mavericks smother Heat with big defense - Take 2-0 Lead

Ratcheting up the defense and stifling superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade to the point of frustration, the determined Dallas Mavericks moved a step closer to their first NBA championship with a thorough 99-85 defeat of the Miami Heat.

German Dirk Nowitzki regained his scoring touch with 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the Mavericks, who opened a commanding 2-0 series lead. After not playing particularly well in a 90-80 win in Game 1, Dallas dominated every aspect of Game 2 as it led by as many as 27 points.

Where Dallas truly dictated was on defense, using its growing advantages in depth and quickness to make O'Neal look like an earthling and Wade -- who has been sick in these latter stages of the Playoffs -- look like a man in need of another boost of vitamins.

Carry on, Mavericks!


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