Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks top Kevin Durant, Thunder

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki celebrates after hitting a three during the Mavericks’ game against the Thunder. Nowitzki had 32 points for Dallas in a 128-119 overtime victory over Oklahoma City.
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Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime Tuesday night, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas.

Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and six assists, and six of his teammates scored in double figures in a victory that moved the Mavericks (43-29) half a game ahead of Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 43 points. He has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run during the 1986-87 season.

Russell Westbrook, who had missed two of the Thunder’s previous three games because of knee issues, scored 23, none in overtime.


at Orlando 95, Portland 85: Tobias Harris’ 25 points and 11 rebounds helped Orlando end a nine-game skid and hand the Trail Blazers their third straight loss and eighth in 11 games. Portland, playing without injured leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge for the seventh consecutive game, is fifth in the West but only 21/2 games out of ninth.

at Cleveland 102, Toronto 100: Dion Waiters scored 24 points and the Cavaliers ended a five-game home losing streak.

at Lakers 127, New York 96