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Heat complete another season sweep of Mavs with 95-88 win

DALLAS (AP) Hassan Whiteside had an impressive response after a long conversation with Eric Spoelstra, and the Miami Heat completed another season sweep of the Dallas Mavericks.

Whiteside scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 victory Monday night, a day after the center and his coach spoke for about an hour.

''I sat on it, I slept on it, and I thought about it a whole lot,'' Whiteside said.

Asked the gist of the conversation, Whiteside responded: ''Just different things and different challenges he had for me, both from what we've seen out there.''

The Heat never trailed after Goran Dragic made a steal that led to Tyler Johnson's tiebreaking 3-pointer to make it 38-35 with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Their lead went to double digits again after Whiteside had consecutive baskets midway through the third quarter.

''He had some great games like this where he's really put his fingerprints on the competition to impact winning,'' Spoelstra said. ''You felt his presence from the very get-go, and it's all now about the consistency night in and night out.''

This is the 14th time in their 30 seasons that the Heat, who beat Dallas 113-101 at home on Dec. 22, have swept the regular-season series. These teams met twice in the NBA Finals, with Miami getting its first championship in 2006 and the Mavs winning their only title in 2011.

Harrison Barnes had 20 points and Wesley Matthews 19 for the Mavericks (16-35), who have dropped four games in a row and seven of eight overall.

Miami (29-21) led 51-41 when Josh Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first half. But the Mavs trimmed that in half when rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made a defended buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 27 feet to make it 51-46. James Johnson had a hand up in front of Smiths' face with Whiteside coming from the side.

Richardson had 14 points for the Heat, while Dragic had 13 and Kelly Olynyk 12.

Smith scored 14 for Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki 10.

TIP-INS

Heat: Whiteside had his 18th double-double this season. ... For the second game in a row, Miami won to complete a season sweep. The Heat beat Charlotte on Saturday night to wrap up a four-game series sweep. ... The only team the Heat have swept more in the regular season is Sacramento at 15 times. Miami lost to the Kings already this season.

Mavericks: Nowitzki has played 49,941 career minutes, 59 shy of becoming the sixth player in NBA history with 50,000. Elvin Hayes played exactly 50,000 minutes, and former Mavericks guard Jason Kidd is fourth on the list at 50,111. ''It's a very staggering accomplishment and done with such grace and such little hype that it's probably very much taken for granted,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ... G J.J. Barea missed his second straight game because of a left oblique strain. ... Devin Harris was back after missing four games because of a concussion and personal reasons. He was 1-of-7 shooting in 16 1/2 minutes.

DOWN THE STRETCH

The Mavericks got within three in the final minute after being down 17 with six minutes to go. ''We have to play like that the whole game,'' Carlisle said. ''I am pretty upbeat about a lot of things, but I don't think you make a living in this league with moral victories, about, `Hey, we did some good things down the stretch.' It's not going to get you there.''

As Barnes said, ''Look at the other 44 minutes, that's the biggest thing for us right now. ... We're showing that we can have these comebacks. But that's not the issue. It's what we're doing before that to put ourselves in that position.''

IN FRONT OF THE FOLKS

Richardson's parents drove down from Oklahoma City to see the Heat and their son play. ''It's always dope to see them in the crowd, see your parents sitting there and cheering you on because it doesn't really happen as much in the NBA,'' Richardson said.

UP NEXT

Miami, which has three stops left on its four-game trip, plays Cleveland on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks hit the road for four games over nine nights, starting Wednesday at Phoenix.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Johnson 0:02
  Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Tyler Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Dirk Nowitzki 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Justise Winslow 0:18
  Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
+ 2 Goran Dragic made reverse layup, assist by James Johnson 0:25
+ 1 Harrison Barnes made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:44
  Harrison Barnes missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:44
  Team rebound 0:44
Team Stats
Points 95 88
Field Goals 34-75 (45.3%) 33-86 (38.4%)
3-Pointers 12-31 (38.7%) 8-29 (27.6%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 50 50
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 30 29
Team 9 10
Assists 23 20
Steals 9 10
Blocks 11 3
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Heat 29-21 2229242095
home team logo Mavericks 16-35 2620152788
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 29-21 109.3 PPG 47.6 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Mavericks 16-35 109.4 PPG 44.7 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
H. Whiteside C 13.3 PPG 14.4 RPG 0.6 APG 49.4 FG%
H. Barnes SF 15.9 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.3 APG 39.1 FG%
Top Scorers
H. Whiteside C 25 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
H. Barnes SF 20 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
45.3 FG% 38.4
38.7 3PT FG% 27.6
78.9 FT% 87.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Whiteside 26 25 14 2 0 1 2 1 10/15 0/0 5/6 7 7 42 +11
J. Richardson 38 14 3 3 2 4 3 2 4/8 4/7 2/4 0 3 26 +8
G. Dragic 28 13 4 3 1 1 0 3 6/14 1/2 0/0 1 3 25 +5
T. Johnson 27 8 3 3 3 0 2 4 2/6 2/4 2/3 0 3 18 +13
J. Johnson 28 6 0 6 1 2 2 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 0 19 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Whiteside 26 25 14 2 0 1 2 1 10/15 0/0 5/6 7 7 42 +11
J. Richardson 38 14 3 3 2 4 3 2 4/8 4/7 2/4 0 3 26 +8
G. Dragic 28 13 4 3 1 1 0 3 6/14 1/2 0/0 1 3 25 +5
T. Johnson 27 8 3 3 3 0 2 4 2/6 2/4 2/3 0 3 18 +13
J. Johnson 28 6 0 6 1 2 2 2 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 0 19 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Olynyk 21 12 4 1 0 0 1 0 4/12 2/7 2/2 1 3 17 -4
W. Ellington 27 9 3 0 1 0 1 1 3/9 3/9 0/0 0 3 12 -12
J. Winslow 22 6 5 1 0 2 3 5 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 5 12 +7
B. Adebayo 19 2 5 4 1 1 2 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 3 15 0
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 95 41 23 9 11 16 19 34/75 12/31 15/19 11 30 186 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 33 20 2 0 0 0 0 1 8/18 1/5 3/4 1 1 22 +1
W. Matthews 34 19 7 3 2 0 1 3 7/12 3/6 2/2 1 6 33 -2
D. Smith Jr. 35 14 2 10 1 0 5 4 4/17 1/7 5/6 1 1 32 -3
D. Nowitzki 26 10 6 1 1 1 0 3 3/11 2/6 2/2 1 5 20 -14
M. Kleber 15 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 4/6 1/1 0/0 0 0 8 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 33 20 2 0 0 0 0 1 8/18 1/5 3/4 1 1 22 +1
W. Matthews 34 19 7 3 2 0 1 3 7/12 3/6 2/2 1 6 33 -2
D. Smith Jr. 35 14 2 10 1 0 5 4 4/17 1/7 5/6 1 1 32 -3
D. Nowitzki 26 10 6 1 1 1 0 3 3/11 2/6 2/2 1 5 20 -14
M. Kleber 15 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 4/6 1/1 0/0 0 0 8 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Y. Ferrell 32 6 2 3 0 0 2 0 2/9 0/2 2/2 1 1 12 +12
D. Powell 20 4 10 0 3 0 1 3 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 7 16 +6
S. Mejri 14 4 8 1 2 1 1 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 5 16 -9
D. Harris 16 2 1 1 0 1 0 3 1/7 0/2 0/0 0 1 6 -6
K. Collinsworth 9 0 2 1 1 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -3
J. Barea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 88 40 20 10 3 12 22 33/86 8/29 14/16 11 29 169 -35