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Dirk Nowitzki hits game-winning three-pointer to bury the Bulls (VIDEO)

Mar 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

We talked about the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West between the Jazz and the Lakers earlier today, but the Mavericks are likely to be in the conversation through the end of the regular season, as well.

Dallas has finally gotten Dirk Nowitzki back healthy, and has now won 11 of its last 16 games after a thrilling 100-98 comeback win over the Bulls on Saturday afternoon.

Chicago held a lead of 97-85 with 4:08 remaining, but the Mavericks closed the game on a 15-1 run, capped off by Dirk’s three-pointer (seen in the video clip above) with two seconds left that gave his team the victory.

Nowitzki finished with 35 points on 14-17 shooting, including 5-6 from three-point distance. Vince Carter chipped in 17, as did reserve big man Brandan Wright, who feasted inside thanks to Joakim Noah once again being forced to sit out due to injury.

The win puts Dallas just a game back of both Utah and L.A. for that last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz own the tie-breaker over both the Lakers and Mavericks, so Dallas would need to make up two games in the standings on Utah over its last nine games to overtake them in the standings.

Dallas is 1-2 against the Lakers this season, but faces them in Los Angeles on April 2 in a game that is huge for the Mavericks’ postseason chances. Should Dallas tie the season series with a victory, the next tiebreaker is won-loss record in the conference, which could very possibly come down to the final game of the regular season.

  1. storebrandcookies - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I watched the game from the beginning and that was a spectacular effort by both teams, but Dirk is such a monster in the clutch.. It’s such a treat to see that one-legged fadeaway go in.

  2. rickyspanish - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    storebrandcookies

    Agree 100%. Dirk is as clutch as they come and the Bulls make every game fun to watch.

  3. pantsfreezone - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    CAPTAINNNNNNN CAVEEEEEEEEEEMANNNNN!

  4. chrismt79 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I’m not much of a Dallas fan, but it amazes me the lack of respect Dirk gets. This is a guy who just a few years ago was arguably one of the best players in the league. He might have lost a step, but lets he honest, he never relied on this athleticism to score. He’s a defensive liability in most cases, but of the 5 or so guys I’d want shooting my game winner, he’d be one of them. That one foot fade is one if the deadliest and most mimicked shots in the game. Ask Durant or Lebron how easy it is to defend.

  5. pistolpete0903 - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    As much as the media fawns over Kobe being clutch, it seems that Dirk has been much more in his career.
    Would love to see a stat with FG% for Kobe and Dirk in the last 2 minutes of close games (decided by 5 points or less)

  6. deavn - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Wouldn’t it be so cool if the Mavericks get a better record than the Jazz and Lakers and sneak into the playoffs?

  7. daddyghi - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Was so glad that the Mavs won and i liked all the comments prior to mine…

  8. money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    could you imagine a frontcourt of dirk and shaq in their primes ? that would be incredible.

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