Mavericks surge late to overrun Trail Blazers
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki capped a late rally with a 3-pointer that forced overtime and the Mavericks went on to beat Portland 111-101 on Saturday, moving onto the Trail Blazers’ tail in the tight fight for playoff positions in the NBA Western Conference.
The Mavericks now have one more win than the Blazers, but Portland has a greater winning percentage and the comfort of leading the Northwest Division by 8-1/2 games.
Elsewhere, Chicago routed New Orleans to regain leadership of the Central Division, but remained half a game behind Washington in the Eastern Conference after the Wizards crushed Brooklyn.
Golden State crept back within a game of overall league leader Atlanta by winning comfortably at New York.
Portland lost its seventh straight road game by blowing an 11-point lead in the last 2 minutes of regulation. Nowitzki’s high-arching swish from the top of the key with 20 seconds left finished a 7-0 run that tied the game 96-96.
The Mavericks scored the first nine points of overtime as part of a 22-2 run. Chandler Parsons started overtime with two free throws and ended up with 10 points in the added period to make it 20 for the game.
Damian Lillard scored 26 points for the Blazers.
Chicago capitalized on an injury to New Orleans’ star Anthony Davis by pulling away and beating the Pelicans 107-72.
Davis injured himself by showboating after an alley-oop dunk. Davis’ body swung like a pendulum as he held the rim, then the 6-foot-10 forward fell horizontally as he lost his grip, falling hard onto the court and injuring his right shoulder.
Davis stayed in the game momentarily before taking himself out with 4:16 left in the first half and the game tied 35-35.
The Bulls pulled away from there, going on a 40-11 run. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 15 rebounds while Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Bulls, who had lost their previous three.
Tyreke Evans had 15 points for New Orleans.
Washington ended a five-game losing skid by cruising past Brooklyn 114-77.
John Wall scored 17 points and Rasual Butler had 15 for the Wizards, who led throughout and recorded their most lopsided win this season despite Bradley Beal sitting out the game with an injured right big toe.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points.
Golden State won 106-92 at New York, giving coach Steve Kerr further vindication of his decision to take the Warriors job rather than accepting an offer to coach the Knicks.
Kerr picked the Warriors over the Knicks during the offseason, and the difference is 30 victories as the teams near the All-Star break.
Draymond Green had 20 points and 13 rebounds while Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors.
Langston Galloway scored 15 points for the Knicks, who gave Carmelo Anthony a night off and lost their third straight.
Milwaukee made it six wins in seven games by beating Boston 96-93, with Brandon Knight scoring 26 points.
Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored 30 points in a 102-90 win against Sacramento.
Philadelphia’s Robert Covington scored 11 of his 22 points in a pivotal third quarter which set up an 89-81 victory over Charlotte.