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Heat used 36-point loss to Mavs as motivation

Updated: June 4, 2006, 10:07 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Miami Heat hit rock bottom on a February night in Texas, courtesy of a 36-point pounding inflicted by the Dallas Mavericks.

Pat Riley called it painful. Shaquille O'Neal was embarrassed. Others used much saltier terms.

"I wasn't thinking about the world championship that night, let me tell you," Riley said.

But in a hastily arranged team meeting, moments after the 112-76 rout was over, Heat reserve guard Gary Payton -- the veteran of more NBA seasons than anyone ...

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