Dirk Nowitzki hit a long jumper with 1.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 101-99 on Thurs-day night for their eighth straight victory.
Nowitzki took a pass on the right wing from Jason Terry and made the game-winning shot over Shawn Marion. The Suns had one more chance after a timeout and the inbound pass, but Amare Stoudemire's shot bounded off the front of the rim as time expired.
The loss ended Phoenix's eight-game road winning streak.
Terry had 35 points and eight assists, setting up the final two Dallas baskets in the last 23 seconds. Steve Nash, the two-time NBA MVP since leaving Dallas, had an ally-oop pass to Stoudemire with about a minute left to tie the game at 97.
Nowitzki had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Howard finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Stoudemire scored 25 points, and Nash finished with 24 points -- on 10-of-14 shooting -- and 13 assists for the Suns.
Spurs 106, Jazz 83
At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 22 points, Tim Duncan added 20 and San Antonio cruised to its 15th consecutive home victory over Utah.
Parker hit all five of his shots from the floor and scored 12 points in the second quarter as the Spurs turned a one-point lead into a 15-point advantage at halftime.
Manu Ginobili returned from a one-game absence because of stomach flu. He scored 12 points, had four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.
Deron Williams led Utah with 11 points.
Kidd hit with fine
Jason Kidd's outspoken criticism of the officiating in the New Jersey Nets' 92-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons prompted the NBA to fine him US$20,000 on Wednesday.
NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson handed down the fine, a day after Kidd blasted official Tom Washington over a call in the final moments of Tuesday night's game.
New Jersey's Vince Carter had collided with Detroit's Rasheed Wallace as he attempted a game-winning shot from just inside the foul line with 1.5 seconds to play.
No call was made as Carter's shot caromed over the backboard, and Nets coach Lawrence Frank screamed at Washington as the teams left the floor.
Later, Kidd was still irate.
"For Tom to miss that call or say that he didn't see it, or for any of those guys," Kidd said.
"You go with the Three Blind Mice and it's just sad that Tom just [messed] up that game for us," he said.
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