The defense of the Miami Heat has been fantastic in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but the biggest reason they're extending their lead is the lack thereof on the other end of the floor. Between the turnovers and the poor defense by the Dallas Mavericks, the Heat are creating a great deal of extremely easy shots, and as a result they have extended their lead to 79-73 at a timeout just three minutes into the fourth quarter.
Unforced errors are the downfall of the Mavericks at the moment, and they don't look like a team capable of turning that around. Turnovers have been a problem throughout the game, not just in this three minute sequence, and their poor defense appears to be more a product of them being tired than anything else. If the Mavericks are going to get back into this game, the formula is simple. Don't turn the ball over, don't gift the Heat free lay-ups, and get the ball to Dirk Nowitzki a bit more.
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