Dirk Nowitzki’s 5.8m jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory. Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. He played strong defense on the Mavericks’ final possession, but was left standing in disbelief long after the buzzer after Nowitzki’s shot appeared to hit the backboard first, then the front rim, then bounced up before dropping.
Vince Carter scored 23 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for Dallas (35-23), who have won nine of 11 and are a season-best 12 games over .500.
Jose Calderon finished with 20 points, and Nowitzki had 15 for the Mavericks, who swept a three-game road trip and beat the Knicks for the 20th time in their past 25 meetings.
Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds against his former team, sparking the Knicks’ comeback after they trailed 108-100 with 1 minute, 37 seconds left, but New York (21-36) lost for the sixth time in seven games.
BUCKS 130, 76ERS 110
In Philadelphia, O.J. Mayo made seven three-pointers and scored 25 points, while Ersan Ilyasova added 20 as Milwaukee placed seven players in double figures in a rout of Philadelphia, who lost their 11th straight game.
Ramon Sessions had 16 points, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight scored 15 each, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 13 for the Bucks (11-45), who own the NBA’s worst record. John Henson chipped in 12 points for the Bucks, who had their highest scoring game of the season.
Philadelphia (15-42), who have the league’s second-worst record, have lost 21 of 24 and 10 straight at home.
In other NBA action, it was:
Warriors 104, Pistons 96
Clippers 123, Pelicans 110
Jazz 110, Celtics 98