Nowitzki had 35 points, including a three with 2.9 seconds left, to give Dallas the 100-98 win.
DALLAS — 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 three-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.”
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The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’ last eight points in a 15-1 run over the final 3 ½ minutes of the game.
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 three-pointer with Luol Deng running at him.
“It didn’t feel great,” Nowitzki said.
Nowitzki raised both hands in the air and yelled as he headed toward the Dallas bench. Chicago’s Nate Robinson, the former Rainier Beach and UW star, then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.
Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in the fourth quarter.
• Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who hasn’t played this season after injuring his left knee in the playoffs last year, worked out on the court before the game. Coach Tom Thibodeau did not provide a timetable for Rose’s return.
• Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia will undergo surgery Wednesday on his sore right Achilles and miss the rest of the season. His expected recovery time is six months.
• Houston defeated the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 98-81, despite playing without shooting guard and leading scorer James Harden, who missed his third game of the season with a right ankle sprain.
• Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-99.
• Stephen Curry scored 39 as Golden State routed visiting Portland 125-98.