The Mavs just could have taken more.
That might’ve been a season-saving run for the Heat, and if so Eddie House gets plenty of the credit.
And the Mavs weren’t happy about it.
The Heat were down 40-28 before House opened and closed a 14-0 run with 3-pointers that put them right back in the lead at 42-40.
And when it forced a second Mavs timeout, DeShawn Stevenson objected to Udonis Haslem being in his path toward the bench and gave it little shove. That led to lots of shoving, two technicals on the Heat and one on the Mavs, allowing Dallas to end the run on Dirk Nowitzki’s technical free throw.
House just found his way back in the rotation, with Erik Spoelstra benching Mike Bibby for Mario Chalmers, then passing over Bibby for House.
So far, good move.
Maybe even season-saving.
DeShawn Stevenson is a pretty good trash talker, and at this point it wouldn’t be surprising if he went up to Jason Terry at some point and announced that HE was going for the Sixth Man award next season.
Stevenson just hit back-to-back 3-pointers to extend Dallas’ lead to 40-28. He also had one in the first quarter, one of the reserves that helped the Mavericks quickly turn this around after Miami’s quick start.
Not bad for what’s known as a defensive specialist.
Stevenson went to the bench before Game 4 when Dallas coach Rick Carlisle decided to put J.J. Barea in the starting lineup. The move has worked out brilliantly so far, with Stevenson’s play off the bench allowing the Mavs to spell Shawn Marion, the primary defender on LeBron James.
Terry is a former Sixth Man winner who is one of the NBA’s best reserves.
So far tonight, Stevenson is right there with him.