Andres "Dre" Alvarez, of the Nerd Numbers blog, summarized the numbers very succinctly in an email to me:
"Looking over the numbers from last night it looks like LeBron was average (which is bad in LeBron land), Miller was off, but Arroyo TANKED you. [The Heat] had over 0.6 WP without Arroyo (in theory a slight win) but Arroyo dropped Miami to around .4. Also Barea played amazing."
The one other stat that quickly jumped out to me was fourth quarter rebounding. The Mavericks out-rebounded the Heat 16-5 in the fourth quarter. And with that, here's the box score...
The game felt more like a loss to the schedule-makers than a loss to the Mavs, but really that's just an excuse since Miami hasn't beaten Dallas in the last 14 regular season games.
This post was going to be a longer recap and preview of the Suns game, but I got an early Christmas present from Dre that I'm going to use to write a great post on the big Dec. 25th game instead.