Dirk moves up NBA scoring list, Mavs beat Nets 96-88 in OT
Dirk Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Monday.
Monta Ellis scored 19 points and made a pair of jumpers early in overtime before consecutive 3s by Chandler Parsons and Nowitzki made it 96-88 with 34 seconds to play. That gave Nowitzki 15 points for the game and 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone into the No. 7 spot.
Nowitzki called it an “insane, crazy ride” that’s carried him past some of the NBA’s greats.
There have been plenty of games across 17 years like Monday’s, when the legs are heavy, the shots a little flat, while playing on the second consecutive night at the end of a road trip. That’s why his latest personal achievement ranked behind continued team success.
“I’m proud of it but more proud that we got the win,” Nowitzki said.
The Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort to rout Oklahoma City 117-91, and deny the rejuvenated Thunder a chance to move above .500 for the first time this season.
Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scored 19 points each as the NBA-best Warrior, at 27-5, bottled up Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. Golden State held Oklahoma City to 30.6 percent shooting.
Westbrook scored 22 points, and Durant had 14 points and 10 rebounds on a night when everything seemed to be a struggle for the Thunder. But help is on the way for Oklahoma City’s All-Star tandem.
The Thunder acquired shooting guard Dion Waiters from Cleveland in a three-team trade that was announced during the game.
In Chicago, Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler scored 22 as Chicago rallied for its 13th win in 15 games, 114-105 against the Houston Rockets.
Derrick Rose added 19 points, Nikola Mirotic had 17, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets 19-5 over the final 3:19.
The Philadelphia 76ers won at home for the first time this season, 95-92, at the expense of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds. Philadelphia had been 0-14 at home this season.
Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who didn’t have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving because of injuries, and blew a 17-point lead.
The Atlanta Hawks pulled away from the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter to win 107-98 and earn a seventh straight road victory for the first time in 21 years.
The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks won their fifth in a row and 19th in 21 games.
The Memphis Grizzlies, a winner by 105-83, sent the depleted New York Knicks to their record-tying 12th straight loss. The Knicks, who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.
New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were traded to Cleveland.
Also, Portland rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-94, and Washington ended a three-game losing streak by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 92-85.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Boston Celtics 104-95, Denver handed Minnesota a 12th straight loss by 110-101, and Indiana outlasted Utah 105-101. The Jazz nearly completed a furious comeback with a 39-point fourth quarter.