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Mavs' Nowitzki hits fallaway for OT winner

DIRK Nowitzki hit a 18-foot fallaway as time expired in overtime to give the Dallas Mavericks a 115-113 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

With 3.1 seconds left, Nowitzki caught a pass from Jason Kidd, who finished a point short of a triple-double, and threw it up over Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The ball rattled off the rim and backboard, dropping softly through the hoop as the backboard lights came on.

Nowitzki, who finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, untucked his jersey and celebrated with his teammates near the Mavericks' bench after the shot went in. The play was upheld on review.

Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings had 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his first game since scoring 55 against the Warriors on Saturday night. But it wasn't enough to extend Milwaukee's winning streak to five.

Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists for the short-handed Mavericks, who lost forward Shawn Marion when he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter.

Hawks 99, Trail Blazers 95, OT.

At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored eight of his 35 points in overtime to lead the Hawks to their fifth consecutive win.

The Hawks, who won at Portland on Nov. 3, swept the season series for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Josh Smith had 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Rudy Fernandez led Portland with 19 points, including a 3-pointer at the end of regulation. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 and Brandon Roy added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who had won six straight games.

Johnson hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, each leveling the score. The Hawks trailed by 12 in the third and by nine points, 67-58, entering the fourth.

Magic 97, Bobcats 91

At Orlando, Rashard Lewis had 10 points in his first game back from a suspension, leading Orlando to the victory.

Lewis looked rusty after serving a 10-game ban handed out by the NBA for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level. The All-Star forward finally found his footing late, sparking a rally that moved the Magic in front for good. Teammate Jameer Nelson finished with 16 points.

Flip Murray equaled a career high with 31 points, and Stephen Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte hours after the disgruntled swingman was acquired from Golden State. Even with the new addition, the Bobcats couldn't avoid their fifth straight loss.


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