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Mavericks zone defense struggles

MIAMI -- The Mavericks zone defense was beaten up pretty good by the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

But the number of times the Mavericks were in the zone was not that high. Yes, the Mavs spent 14 defensive possessions in the zone defense in the first half, but fewer than five in the second half.

"We didn’t play zone that much last night," forward Shawn Marion said. "You make it seem like we played zone for half the game or three-quarters of the game but we didn’t play zone that much. We played it a good few possessions, but it wasn’t zone, it was just [Miami] having a desire to go rebound and they just out rebounded us."

The Heat outrebounded the Mavs, 46-36, for the game, including 16-6 on the offensive boards. That more than anything bothered coach Rick Carlisle than the zone defense.

"We've got to do a better job of scrambling and getting bodies on bodies and we have to come up with the ball," he said.

Guard Mike Bibby struggled with his outside shot against the zone for the Heat. He went 0-4 from the floor, but guard Marion Chalmers went 3-for-8 from the field with all his buckets coming from three-point range. Forward LeBron James went 4-for-5 from three and forward Mike Miller added two three-pointers.

"In the zone, we got to take away the three and that hurt us," guard Jason Kidd said. "Chalmers hit some threes Mike Miller hit some threes so in the zone we got to be able to run the shooters off and also rebound out of that."