Instead of making a serious run at acquiring Shaquille O'Neal over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks built their team around Dirk Nowitzki.
The logic couldn't be faulted Thursday, when Nowitzki helped hand what was the NBA's last unbeaten team its first loss of the season.
Nowitzki had 41 points, two off his career high, and Marquis Daniels added 22 in Dallas' 113-93 win over Miami that ended the Heat's franchise-record 14-game home win streak.
"We had a great night," Nowitzki said. "Everybody was shooting well, and it didn't matter from where they shot it. We did a lot of things right. We shot the ball well, we drove to the basket and got to the foul line."
Nowitzki shot 12 of 24 from the floor, 4 for 7 from three-point range, 13 for 13 from the line and added 10 rebounds for Dallas (5-1).
"I'm wondering how he missed those 12 shots. . . . He was really on," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who watched from behind the Dallas bench.
O'Neal had 22 points -- giving him 22,002 for his career -- and 10 rebounds for the Heat (4-1). Dwyane Wade added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists before spraining his left ankle with 7:07 left. X-rays were negative, and Wade said he believed the injury was minor.
"We had a lot of defensive lapses and they shot the ball well," O'Neal said. "Most of the shots in the first half were wide-open jumpers. . . . We got into a hole, and I felt we had a couple opportunities to get out of the hole but they shot the ball well. Dirk had a hell of a game. He's a great player."
Miami, which won its first four games by an average of 12.8 points, never led. The Heat allowed 71 points in the first half, were hit with four technicals by halftime and let Dallas shoot 52 percent for the game.
"Our players were talking about everything except defense," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "That was the problem in my mind. That's where the lack of composure was, focusing in and saying 'this is the problem right here, 71 points.' That never really got through to us."
Keyon Dooling had 14 points and Rasual Butler added 11 for Miami.