NBA ROUNDUP

Nowitzki nails Chicago

The Associated PressMarch 30, 2013 

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    Eastern Conference

    AtlanticWLPctGB
    x-New York4526.634
    x-Brooklyn4230.58331/2
    Boston3834.52871/2
    Philadelphia2943.403161/2
    Toronto2745.375181/2
    SoutheastWLPctGB
    z-Miami5715.792
    x-Atlanta4033.548171/2
    Washington2646.36131
    Orlando1954.260381/2
    Charlotte1755.23640
    CentralWLPctGB
    x-Indiana4627.630
    x-Chicago3932.5496
    Milwaukee3536.49310
    Detroit2449.32922
    Cleveland2249.31023

    Western Conference

    SouthwestWLPctGB
    x-San Antonio5517.764
    x-Memphis4824.6677
    Houston3933.54216
    Dallas3637.493191/2
    New Orleans2548.342301/2
    NorthwestWLPctGB
    x-Oklahoma City5320.726
    x-Denver5024.67631/2
    Utah3736.50716
    Portland3339.458191/2
    Minnesota2645.36626
    PacificWLPctGB
    x-L.A. Clippers4924.671
    Golden State4132.5628
    L.A. Lakers3736.50712
    Sacramento2746.37022
    Phoenix2350.31526

    x-clinched playoff spot; z-clinched conference

    Friday’s Games

    Orlando 97, Washington 92

    Boston 118, Atlanta 107

    New York 111, Charlotte 102

    Philadelphia 97, Cleveland 87

    Toronto 99, Detroit 82

    Memphis 103, Houston 94

    Minnesota 101, Oklahoma City 93

    Miami 108, New Orleans 89

    San Antonio 104, L.A. Clippers 102

    Denver 109, Brooklyn 87

    Utah 105, Portland 95

    Saturday’s Games

    Dallas 100, Chicago 98

    Orlando at Atlanta, late

    L.A. Clippers at Houston, late

    Memphis at Minnesota, late

    Charlotte at Philadelphia, late

    Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, late

    Brooklyn at Utah, late

    Indiana at Phoenix, late

    L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, late

    Portland at Golden State, late

    Today’s Games

    Cleveland at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

    Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m.

    Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m.

    Miami at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

    Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m.

— Dirk Nowitzki said the ball felt flat coming out of his hand.

It turned out to be the perfect trajectory for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left, and the Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Saturday.

“This game was kind of like the story of our season,” said Nowitzki, who finished with a season-high 35 points. “Every time someone writes us off, we find a way to come back.”

The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ final eight points in a 15-1 run over the closing 31/2 minutes.

After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Vince Carter drove down the lane and kicked a pass out to Nowitzki, who stepped into a 3-pointer with Luol Deng running at him.

Nowitzki raised both hands in the air and yelled as he headed toward the Dallas bench. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Dallas (36-37) crept within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West. The Jazz hosted Brooklyn on Saturday night and the Lakers were at Sacramento.

The Mavericks, who bounced back from a 25-point loss to Indiana, open a four-game road trip against the Lakers on Tuesday night.

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. The reserve guard made all seven of his 3-point attempts.

Carlos Boozer and Deng also had 25 points for the Bulls, who hit a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Chicago’s All-Star center Joakim Noah (right foot) was sidelined for the fourth straight game.

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