Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/29/12
The last time the Dallas Mavericks were in Miami, a 90,000 bottle of champagne was drained like it was Evian. As the final seconds ticked away in Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki hopped over the scorer's table on his way to the locker room to have a good cry. At least six or seven celebrations later, the Mavs return to the scene of their proudest moment Thursday. Nothing that happens against the Miami Heat (35-13) will erase any of those championship memories, but a win for the Mavs (29-22) would be a huge confident boost down the stretch. Coach Rick Carlisle has an unsentimental approach to this game following back-to-back wins over the scrappy Houston Rockets. In fact, he's drawing on a painful memory for inspiration. "We've got to think back to Christmas Day because that was a miserable experience for us," said Carlisle of a lopsided loss to the Heat at American Airlines Center in Dallas. "That was really tough. I was watching some of it. They were great t...
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