Nowitzki, Mavericks Edge Magic in Overtime
Dallas 109, Orlando 103 (OT)
DALLAS, Dec. 16 (Ticker) -- Dirk Nowitzki found his shot went it counted the most.
Nowitzki scored 10 of his 31 points in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks posted a 109-103 victory over the Orlando Magic for their seventh win in eight games.
"I just thought I didn't have the good looks early," said Nowitzki, who had just nine points at intermission. "I was stuck on nine or 11 for a while. At the end I knew I had to be aggressive for us to win the game."
Orlando trailed, 93-90, in the final quarter when Grant Hill converted a three-point play with 1:06 remaining. Nowitzki had a chance win it in regulation but missed a jumper as time expired.
"Obviously, I was a little frustrated before the overtime because that's the type of shot that I need to make," Nowitzki said. "I had a good look at it."
In the extra session, the Mavericks opened a 103-99 lead when Devin Harris drove for a layup that was goaltended by Dwight Howard with 1:16 to play.
"I think it was a good block, but things happen," said Howard, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. "I can live with it. I had to help my team some way tonight. It wasn't working for me offensively so I tried to make a good play on defense."
"I thought the ball was still going up," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "I wasn't sure whether he took it off the glass or not, but I thought it was still on its way up."
Grant Hill sank a pair of free throws, and Orlando had a chance to tie before a turnover by Steve Francis gave the ball to Dallas. Nowitzki struck again, connecting on a jumper over the outstretched hand of Grant Hill with 46 seconds left.
The Mavericks made 4-of-6 free throws to seal the victory.
Josh Howard scored 24 points before fouling out in the fourth period and Jason Terry added 22 for Dallas, which shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the floor and outrebounded Orlando, 42-34.
"A lot of people don't think I can score the ball but I can," said Josh Howard, who made 9-of-14 shots. "I just keep surprising teams like I've been doing this whole year. Pretty soon they're going to have to stop putting big men on me and leaving me out there wide open."
Grant Hill scored 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting in his second game since returning from hernia surgery.
"I got into a pretty good rhythm," said Grant Hill, who played 37 minutes. "We played a very good team well." The Magic had six players in double figures but had their two-game winning streak snapped.