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Mavs beat Knicks on Nowitzki's lucky-bounce jumper

NEW YORK (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki's 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki's jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.

Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. He played strong defense on the Mavericks' final possession, but was left standing in disbelief long after the buzzer after Nowitzki's shot appeared to hit the backboard first, then the front rim, then bounced up before dropping.

Nowitzki's Buzzer-Beater Stuns Knicks

Vince Carter scored 23 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for Dallas (35-23), which has won nine of 11 and is a season-best 12 games over .500.

Jose Calderon finished with 20 points, and Nowitzki had 15 for the Mavericks, who swept a three-game road trip and beat the Knicks for the 20th time in the last 25 meetings.

Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds against his former team, sparking the Knicks' comeback after they trailed 108-100 with 1:37 left. But New York (21-36) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell a season-worst 15 games below .500.

The Knicks had blown big leads in their last two games, giving away a 14-point advantage at Orlando and a 17-point cushion at Atlanta, collapses that coach Mike Woodson called "mind-boggling."

This one had to hurt worse.

Carter made consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give Dallas a 90-85 lead, and the Mavericks seemed to have put it away when Calderon made a 3-pointer, and Brandon Wright followed with a basket to stretch the late lead to eight points.

But after Raymond Felton's basket, Chandler converted a 3-point play, then came up with a steal to start a break that ended with Anthony's 3-pointer that tied it at 108 with 50 seconds remaining.

The Knicks got the ball back after a Dallas miss but committed a shot-clock violation, giving Dallas the ball for Nowitzki's winner.

Amare Stoudemire scored nine points in his first start since the end of the 2011-12 season for the Knicks, who had just 10 available players after waiving Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih earlier Monday following contract buyouts.

The Mavericks shot 55 percent and led 31-21 after one quarter, but the Knicks came right back and made 14 of 19 shots (74 percent) while scoring 38 points in the second, when Anthony scored 17 points. New York erased a 14-point deficit to grab a two-point lead on Anthony's jumper with 11 seconds left, but Ellis made a 3-pointer as time expired to give Dallas a 60-59 edge.

Dallas had the lead back up to eight in the final minute of the third, but Anthony made three free throws, then nailed a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining as the Knicks trimmed it to 84-82.

NOTES: Woodson said he would talk with team president Steve Mills on Tuesday to discuss filling their open roster spots. He said he thought the Knicks needed a big man with Andrea Bargnani and Kenyon Martin still injured, and a guard who could defend on the perimeter. ... The crowd included U.S. Olympian Erin Hamlin, who won a bronze medal in luge, and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Drew February 25 2014 at 1:03 PM

Funny ....Dirk ''lucky jumper''

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sterling reg. February 25 2014 at 12:26 PM

A Shooters Bounce

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cae303 February 25 2014 at 12:11 PM

Basketball History in NY....Leroy Edwards - Wikipedia

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debnaert February 25 2014 at 11:11 AM

Mello.... you need to include your team mates..... you can't win a game all by yourself that's pretty EVIDENT!

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Charles February 25 2014 at 10:52 AM

I keep hearing this bull about surrounding Mello with better players,.........better players who can't get the ball, better players who can't get in the flow of the game because he shoots to much, better players to give him the ball even more, are you friggin kidding me, that is not the answer. Denver did not turn around its team until he left, and the same will hold true for the Knicks.

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Charles February 25 2014 at 10:49 AM

Mello scores 44 they lose, mello scores 62 they lose, mello scores 32 they lose, when does this pattern become the obvious problem with the Knicks. Look at all the so called stars of the game today, and check out they assist stat, then look at Mellos assist stat, it aint there. He begs for attention but losing is not the way to get it, who cares what his stats show, look at the record of the Knicks.

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Eddie Ozment February 25 2014 at 10:31 AM

I prefer hearing the voice of the Mavericks. It seems to me that the Knicks need a new approach. They have not been winnning with their Melo approach. They need a new approach including a coach.

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Dennis Webb February 25 2014 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, Dirk and the Mavs!

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Brutal February 25 2014 at 9:57 AM

LOL ... I think Nowitzki has earned the respect that any shot he makes is not called lucky. Everyone should agree on that ... for sure. I think it more appropriate to describe it as a really tough shot and he got the bounce.

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Borfsnorgle February 25 2014 at 7:34 AM

Where's the video?

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