Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points Friday to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 83-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls, who lost Joakim Noah because of a separated left shoulder.
Nowitzki made a three-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72 after the teams had traded the lead most of the fourth quarter.
Jimmy Butler missed two three-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally. Butler, who scored 53 points Thursday, was held to four by the Mavericks on two-for-11 shooting.
Noah, who separated his shoulder in the second quarter, was in his fourth game back after returning from a nine-game absence because of an injury to the same...