NEW YORK – Dirk Nowitzki called it “probably the ugliest game-winner I ever shot,” and this is how he described it.
“Basically it hit the board, every part of the rim, hit Jerry West over there (the logo on the backboard), came back over and it was definitely an ugly, ugly shot,” he said.
But when the shot bounced up and then fell in as time expired, the Dallas Mavericks had 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.
“I didn’t even feel like celebrating it was so ugly,” Nowitzki said.
His teammates and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did it for him, rushing onto the floor after Dallas moved into seventh place in the Western Conference.
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.
“It was like a needle in a balloon right there,” Anthony said. “It sucks all the air out of you. He hit a hell of a shot.”
Clippers 123, Pelicans 110
In New Orleans, Jamal Crawford hit seven 3s on his way to 24 points, and Los Angeles beat the Pelicans.
Crawford picked up where he left off in Oklahoma City on Sunday, when he made five 3-pointers and finished with 36 points in the Clippers’ victory.
Bucks 130, 76ers 110
In Philadelphia, O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and Milwaukee placed seven players in double figures in a rout of the 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game.
Philadelphia (15-42), which has the league’s second worst record, has lost 21 of 24 and 10 straight at home. It is the club’s longest skid since a 12-game losing streak during the 1996-97 season.
Warriors 104, Pistons 96
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the victorious Warriors.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points for Golden State, which has won four in a row. The Pistons have lost five of seven since firing Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with interim coach John Loyer.
Jazz 110, Celtics 98
In Salt Lake City, Alec Burks had 21 points, and Derrick Favors scored 20 in his return from a hip injury to power Utah to a rare win over Boston, which lost its fifth straight game.