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Nowitzki’s big fourth quarter leads Mavericks over Bulls

  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, celebrates with teammates O.J. Mayo, center, and Mike James (13) after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas defeated Chicago 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, celebrates with teammates O.J. Mayo, center, and Mike James (13) after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas defeated Chicago 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)

  • Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) yells for a timeout after getting pinned on the floor defensively by Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, left, and Mavericks' Darren Collison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

    Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) yells for a timeout after getting pinned on the floor defensively by Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, left, and Mavericks' Darren Collison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

  • Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Dallas Mavericks guard Mike James (13) dive for the loose ball off of James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

    Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Dallas Mavericks guard Mike James (13) dive for the loose ball off of James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

  • Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, under the net during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Mavericks' Shawn Marion (0) is at left. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

    Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, under the net during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Mavericks' Shawn Marion (0) is at left. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

  • Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) makes an offensive move as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) leaps through the air in an attempt to defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) makes an offensive move as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) leaps through the air in an attempt to defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)

  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shoots on Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. Mavericks won 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shoots on Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. Mavericks won 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)

  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

    Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

    Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, celebrates with teammates O.J. Mayo, center, and Mike James (13) after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas defeated Chicago 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)
  • Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) yells for a timeout after getting pinned on the floor defensively by Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, left, and Mavericks' Darren Collison, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)
  • Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Dallas Mavericks guard Mike James (13) dive for the loose ball off of James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)
  • Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, is fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, under the net during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Mavericks' Shawn Marion (0) is at left. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)
  • Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) makes an offensive move as Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) leaps through the air in an attempt to defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/ Michael Mulvey)
  • Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shoots on Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Dallas. Mavericks won 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)
  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.
  • Matt Bonner warms up before the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden; November 21, 2012.

Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls, 100-98, yesterday.

The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas’s last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3½ minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.

After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago’s Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago’s first game since ending the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. Carlos Boozer and Deng also had 25 points for the Bulls, who had won three in a row.

Hawks 97, Magic 88

Ivan Johnson scored a season-high 21 points off the bench, and Devin Harris had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Atlanta pulled away to beat Orlando.

Atlanta (41-33) has beaten Orlando 10 straight times and is now fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of Chicago.

Grizzlies 99, Timberwolves 86

Marc Gasol scored 21 points and Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Minnesota.

Mike Conley scored 19, Zach Randolph 14 and Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies.

Rockets 98, Clippers 81

Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece to lead Houston over Los Angeles.

76ers 100, Bobcats 92

Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch, Evan Turner finished with 21 and Philadelphia beat Charlotte.

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