DALLAS What a difference 18 months can make.
Remember back when the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks used to meet for NBA championships? Yeah, me too.
"It feels like a decade ago," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra quipped.
The last three meetings between the Heat and Mavericks don't come close to the 2011 feel. Or, for that matter, 2006. For two franchises that met in the NBA Finals twice in the span of five years, what we've witnessed since June two summers back holds about as much drama as Charlotte-Sacramento on a Tuesday night.
That includes Thursday night, as Miami blasted the Mavericks 110-95 at American Airlines Center. LeBron James cruised his way to 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 36.
Miami's current three-game winning streak in the series is its longest run since a 16-game run over Dallas in the 1990s. It might be a while before the Mavericks get the best of the Heat again.
"We're a much better team than we were in the...