Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/2/13
The Miami Heat have hardly looked like one of the NBA's elite teams in recent games, but they played much better than the Dallas Mavericks when the past two league champions met less than two weeks ago. As they return home from a lackluster trip Wednesday night, the Heat will try to earn a fourth consecutive win over the struggling Mavericks. Miami (21-8) endured back-to-back losses for only the second time this season during its four-game trek, falling 109-99 to Detroit on Friday and 104-85 to Milwaukee the next evening. The Heat appeared headed for a third straight defeat Monday when they trailed by double digits late in the third quarter against an injury-plagued Orlando team, but they rallied for a 112-110 overtime win. "This is a winning league," LeBron James said. "It's not about how close you came to losing or how close you came to winning." James had 10 of his 36 points in the extra period and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each ...
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