Nowitzki lifts Mavs over Pacers in OT
Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 43 points, including three free throws in the final 5 seconds of overtime, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 115-113 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Jason Terry had 30 points, Josh Howard scored 15 and Nowitzki grabbed 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, 16-1 in their last 17 games and an NBA-best 30-8 overall.
Jermaine O'Neal finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Granger and Stephen Jackson each scored 22 for the Pacers, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
In overtime, Granger gave the Pacers a 107-105 lead with a 3-pointer, but Nowitzki came right back with a 3 of his own to put Dallas back in front.
After the teams traded baskets, O'Neal's layup put Indiana ahead by one point with less than a minute left. The Mavericks answered with Terry's jumper for a 112-111 lead with 27.8 seconds remaining.
Following a miss by O'Neal on Indiana's ensuing possession, Nowitzki made two free throws to extend the lead to three with 5.1 seconds left.
Al Harrington made two free throws to pull the Pacers to 114-113, and Nowitzki hit one free throw with 2 seconds left to close the scoring.
The Pacers had one final chance, but Jeff Foster's long-range pass was tipped away by Dallas defenders.
Indiana took a 99-93 lead after two free throws by Granger with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter. Dallas scored seven of the next nine points, including a three-point play by Terry to cut the deficit to 101-100 with less than 2 minutes left.
Terry's 3-pointer put the Mavericks ahead 103-101 with 36 seconds left, but Jamaal Tinsley's two free throws tied the score.
On Dallas' next possession, Terry had the ball striped away by Tinsley on a drive to the basket, giving Indiana a shot to win the game in regulation. However, O'Neal's jumper with less than 10 seconds left came up short and Granger's tip-in attempt was blocked.
BOBCATS 126, KNICKS 110
Emeka Okafor had 20 points and a career-high 10 blocked shots, Derek Anderson scored 29 points, and the visiting Charlotte Bobcats snapped the New York Knicks' three-game winning streak.
Matt Carroll added 23 points for the Bobcats, who rode a strong second half to their second impressive road victory this week. They were coming off a 103-96 win at Detroit.
Carroll continued his recent strong play, increasing his average to 21.7 points over the last six games. Raymond Felton added 16 points and 14 assists.
76ERS 110, BUCKS 97
Willie Green scored 30 points, Andre Iguodala had 26 and Kyle Korver 17 to help Philadelphia beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, snapping the 76ers' four-game losing streak.
Andre Miller had 11 points and 11 assists, and Samuel Dalembert added 16 points as the woeful Sixers surprised the undermanned Bucks with one of their most complete games of the season.
HAWKS 99, PISTONS 93
Joe Johnson scored 34 points and Josh Smith, just back from hernia surgery, hit a crucial 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left to help the host Atlanta Hawks hold on for a victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Johnson made his first 11 shots before missing on a drive to the lane early in the fourth quarter. But his biggest play came when he rebounded his own miss and banked in a shot to put the Hawks up 95-87 with 2:31 remaining.
RAPTORS 95, CELTICS 86
Chris Bosh scored 27 points and T.J. Ford added 19 to lead the visiting Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Boston Celtics.
The Raptors took command with a 16-6 run to close out the third quarter for a 67-58 lead. A 3-pointer by Andrea Bargnani gave the Raptors a 54-52 lead. Bosh scored 10 in the quarter and six during the run.
T-WOLVES 116, GRIZZLIES 110
Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, Ricky Davis added 27 points and seven assists, and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves weathered Memphis' late rally to defeat the Grizzlies.
Minnesota took an early lead and extended it to 22 in the second period. Memphis got the deficit under 10 midway through the fourth quarter.
HORNETS 104, WIZARDS 97
Desmond Mason scored 22 points and converted a late three-point play to help the host New Orleans Hornets hold off Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards.
The Hornets, missing three injured starters, won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two months with their best offensive showing since Dec. 6.
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