Dallas beats Oklahoma City in overtime
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the host Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over Oklahoma City.
The Associated Press
DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and six assists.
In Dallas’ loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was 2 for 12 from the field in his worst shooting performance of the season.
“I had to go back to having fun out there and just being me,” Nowitzki said.
Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 43 points. The former Sonic has scored at least 25 points in 36 consecutive games, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan’s 40-game run with the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.
Dallas’ Jose Calderon went 6 for 8 from three-point range and finished with 22 points.
Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. All of his points came in regulation, when he played 31:50. He added another minute in overtime.
Westbrook is limited to 30 to 32 minutes per game because of his oft-injured right knee.
The Mavericks scored the first five points of the extra period on two free throws by Nowitzki and a three-pointer by Calderon. They never trailed again.
• Xavier Henry scored 22 points to help the host Los Angeles Lakers rout New York 127-96.
The Lakers scored a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter, which was the worst defensive quarter of all time for the Knicks.
Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached the Lakers to five NBA titles, watched the game from a luxury suite high above the court.
• Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 as the host Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 102-100. The Cavs blew a 21-point lead, but made enough plays down the stretch to snap a five-game losing streak at home.
They did it without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained biceps tendon.
• Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Orlando beat the Portland Trail Blazers 95-85 to end its nine-game losing streak.
Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic.
Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
• Denver Nuggets officials say forward J.J. Hickson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.
• New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson will miss the remainder of the season because of a herniated cervical disk that has sidelined him since early January.