MIAMI -- The Heat figured this one might be different. After all, suiting up again for the Dallas Mavericks was none other than longtime Miami nemesis Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki, recovering from knee surgery, was out two weeks ago when the Heat won easily 110-95 at Dallas. But he was on hand Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, coming off the bench and playing his sixth game of the season.
Despite the Mavericks coming in six games under .500, Nowitzki's presence alone conjured up some memories of the epic 2006 and 2011 Finals between Dallas and Miami. And even more thoughts came back as the teams played a back-and-forth game that the Heat won 119-109 in overtime.
"It's a completely different team even if he's playing limited minutes," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Nowitzki being brought along slowly while not starting.
Nowitzki scored 19 points in 29 minutes in easily the best game since his return. He had come in averaging a meager 8.2 points, barely a third of his career ave...