Heat vs. Mavericks: DeJaun Blair fast break dunk (GIF)

Nov 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and center DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates a Mavericks basket against the Milwaukee Bucks in the 4th quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night in the NBA features a battle of two 5-3 teams as the Dallas Mavericks travel to Miami to take on the defending champion Miami Heat.

The first quarter has just gotten underway at the American Airlines Arena and it already seems as if it’s going to be a slugfest with these two, as it usually is.

If there is one thing that you can say about both of these teams, though, it’s that they are good at showing how much bench players really matter.

In the first quarter tonight, the Mavericks showed that rather early.

Watch here as the Mavs look to extend the lead on the Heat as they find a wide-open DeJuan Blair down the court with no one around him–literally–and he has the hoop all to himself:

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The Mavericks are going to need a lot of those tonight, as the Heat have looked pretty hot lately. A victory here for either team would be huge, but I’d say that Dallas needs it a little more than Miami at the moment.

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, DeJuan Blair, NBA

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