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Heat Beat Mavs 91-72 For 8th Straight

Tim Hardaway scored 20 points and the Miami Heat used deadly 3-point shooting to win their season-high eighth straight game, 91-72 over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

The Heat made 10 of 17 shots from 3-point range and beat the Mavs for the 12th straight time.

Michael Finley scored 31 points for Dallas, which lost its sixth in a row.

Alonzo Mourning had 16 points and seven rebounds for Miami, which emptied its bench in the fourth quarter. Dan Majerle was 4-of-7 from long range, including his 1,000th career 3-pointer.

Majerle and Hardaway hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Miami a 62-46 lead with 4:41 left in the third quarter. Finley scored 15 points in the period, but the Mavs still trailed 73-57 going into the final quarter.

Mourning scored four points and Hardaway hit a 3-pointer late in the first half to give Miami a 44-30 halftime lead. The 30-point first half matched Dallas' season low.

Notes: Miami's Jamal Mashburn, who fractured his right thumb against Detroit on Feb. 13 and is out until at least mid-April, met with the local media before Thursday's game for the first time since the injury. He said there's a "50-50 chance" he'll be back this year. ... Miami is 13-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. ... A.C. Green of Dallas extended his NBA-record consecutive game streak to 952.

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