DALLAS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points Tuesday while leading the Miami Heat to a 117-106 road victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
James hit 16-of-23 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and also pulled down nine rebounds in the tune-up for Thursday's marquee game between the Heat and Oklahoma City.
Miami shot 57.1 percent from the field to 40 percent for the Mavericks, who had won six of their last seven games prior to the weekend All-Star break. The game featured 23 lead changes.
Miami was not to be denied and outscored the hosts 33-21 in the fourth quarter.