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Nowitzki Lifts Mavericks Past Bulls 100-98

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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Taj Gibson. (Credit: Glenn James, Getty)

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Taj Gibson. (Credit: Glenn James, Getty)

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DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Saturday.

The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3½ minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.

After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago’s first game since ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak.

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