DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and collected 10 rebounds Tuesday to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a much-needed 128-119 victory in overtime over the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center.
It was the first double-double for Nowitzki since he had 38 points and 17 rebounds during a Jan. 29 game against the Houston Rockets.
The victory enabled the Mavs (43-29) to move past Phoenix (42-29) and into eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Mavs also won the season series against the highly-touted Thunder, 2-1.
A huge 3-pointer by Nowitzki pushed the Mavs ahead 123-115 with just 57.2 seconds remaining and sealed this all-important win for the Mavs.
But before the Mavs got to that stage of the game, Kevin Durant, who scored 43 points on 15-of-27 shooting, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 39.9 seconds left in regulation to put the Thunder up 111-108. However, Jose Calderon came back with a 3-pointer of his own to tie the game at 111-apiece with 26.3 ticks left, and the game eventually went into overtime.
The Mavs went up 101-94 when Monta Ellis lofted in a basket while knifing through the lane with 5:10 left. But they couldn't hold on and finish off the Thunder in regulation. Nevertheless, the Mavs got the job done in overtime and are now 3-2 on this eight-game home stand which resumes Thuraday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Mavs now trail the seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies (42-28) by percentage points.
Besides Nowitzki, the Mavs got 22 points and eight assists from Jose Calderon, 17 from Ellis, 16 from Vince Carter and 11 from Shawn Marion.
Other than Durant, Russell Westbrook tallied 23 points for OKC and Derek Fisher finished with 13
-- Dwain Price
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