Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and bailed out the Mavericks after they lost the lead following a 7½-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter, and Dallas beat the New York Knicks 95-85 on Tuesday night.
Nowitzki made a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 4:34 left, starting a game-clinching, 14-0 run by the Mavericks in which their All-Star forward scored nine points.
That was after the Knicks, who had trailed by as many as 19, scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 78-77 when Amare Stoudemire penetrated to make a shot. It was their first lead since scoring the game's first four points, and didn't last long.
Stoudemire had 26 points.