NEW YORK – Dirk Nowitzki called it “probably the ugliest game-winner I ever shot,” and gave a description.
“Basically it hit the board, every part of the rim, hit Jerry West over there (the logo on the backboard), came back over and it was definitely an ugly, ugly shot,” he said.
But when the 19-foot jumper bounced up and fell in as time expired, the Dallas Mavericks had 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 when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.
“I didn’t even feel like celebrating, it was so ugly,” Nowitzki said.
Teammates and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did it for him, rushing onto the floor after Dallas moved into seventh place in the Western Conference.
Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who had 10 available players. They waived Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih earlier in the day after contract buyouts.
New York lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Vince Carter made seven three-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points for Dallas. Nowitzki had 15 points.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson attended.
Crawford stays hot
NEW ORLEANS – Jamal Crawford made seven threes on his way to 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat New Orleans 123-110.
Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, picked up where he left off in Oklahoma City a day earlier, when he scored 36 points in the Clippers’ 125-117 victory.
Crawford said it was a team effort.
“We understand what we do well. If we all do what we do well, we’ll make our team stronger,” he said. “My teammates did a good job finding me, Coach (Doc Rivers) was drawing up great plays and I got the easy part, just knocking down the shots.”
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans.
• Alec Burks scored 21 points and Marvin Williams of Bremerton added 19 to help the host Utah Jazz beat Boston 110-98.
Williams made 8 of 10 shots.
Rookie Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga and former Sonic Jeff Green each scored 21 points for Boston, which has lost five in a row.
• Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout, and Stephen Curry each scored 19 points to lead visiting Golden State to a 104-96 victory over Detroit.
Curry added nine assists and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who have won four straight.
• O.J. Mayo scored 25 points as Milwaukee routed the host Philadelphia 76ers 130-110 in a game between teams with the two worst records in the league.
Thaddeus Young scored 28 points for the Sixers, who have lost 11 in a row. Tony Wroten Jr., a former Washington Huskies player, added 19 points.
• Washington Wizards forward-center Nene will be sidelined for about six weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. He was injured in Sunday’s 96-83 victory at Cleveland.
• Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant has dismissed his $600,000 federal lawsuit against his former accountant, Joel Lynn Elliott.
The suit alleged Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant’s taxes without proper documentation.