Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Thursday, November 13th
Mavericks91Final
Bulls98
Game 2: Saturday, February 7th
Bulls114Final
OT
Mavericks115

Bulls 114

(22-29, 9-19 away)

Mavericks 115

(30-20, 16-7 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:30 PM ET, February 7, 2009

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    CHI 24 26 22 25 17114
    DAL 20 28 29 20 18115

    Top Performers

    Chi: T. Thomas 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 44 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Nowitzki dominates OT with 14 points as Mavericks fight past Bulls

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- With one teammate out with an injury and another in foul trouble, the Dallas Mavericks needed a special effort from star Dirk Nowitzki.

    And Nowitzki delivered with 44 points -- 14 in overtime -- to send the Mavericks to a 115-114 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Dirk Nowitzki scored more than 35 points for the eighth time this season.

    • The Mavs improved to 19-3 in their last 22 games vs. the Bulls.

    • Chicago has allowed its opponent to score more than 100 points in 21 of its last 32 games.

    -- ESPN research

    Jason Terry, Dallas' No. 2 scorer at 20.2 points per game, will be out for an extended stretch after sustaining a broken bone in his left hand in the first half.

    Josh Howard, who spent long stretches on the bench because of fouls, finished with 13 points, almost five below his average.

    So it was up to Nowitzki to take control after missing 10 of 15 field-goal attempts in the first half.

    "Unbelievable performance," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He just stayed patient and into the game. Down the stretch his shot-making was phenomenal."

    The Bulls tried several defensive tactics to hold down Nowitzki in the second half and overtime, with little success.

    "That's why he's a superstar," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We tried trapping him, we switched on him, but we couldn't get to him."

    Nowitzki connected on five of seven shots from the field in the overtime and hit all four free throws to help the Mavericks win for the fifth time in six games.

    Nowitzki converted three straight jumpers on Dallas' first three possessions of the overtime for a 103-99 lead.

    Chicago got within 113-111 with 3.8 seconds left in overtime on Tyrus Thomas' 3-pointer.

    But Nowitzki swished a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds left to close out the Bulls, who got within one on Thomas' 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

    Nowitzki fell two points short of his season high set on Dec. 13 against Oklahoma City, going 16-for-34 from the field, making all 11 free throws, pulling down nine rebounds and blocking three shots.

    "I just had to stay aggressive and look for my shot, especially with [Terry] out," Nowitzki said. "[Terry] is instant offense off the bench."

    Ben Gordon scored 28 points, Thomas added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Derrick Rose had 22 points and nine assists for the Bulls.

    Jose Juan Barea came off the bench to score 20 points for Dallas.

    Terry got injured in the first half and was ruled out at halftime after X-rays showed the break, finishing with eight points and four assists in 16 minutes. Terry told team officials he wasn't sure when the injury occurred. His condition will be evaluated on Monday.

    The Mavericks will certainly miss their high-scoring sixth man.

    "He almost had tears in his eyes, that's how much he cares," Nowitzki said of Terry. "We told him we got this one for him and we would hold down the fort. He's the best sixth man in the league and we'll miss him dearly."

    Nowitzki missed nine of his first 10 field-goal attempts before getting untracked, making his final three shots of the second quarter and scoring Dallas' last six points.

    "It was crazy," said Joakim Noah, one of several Bulls who tried to defend Nowitzki. "He misses nine of 10, then hits nine, 10 in a row, tough shots. I was watching some of his shots and thinking there's no way it's going to go in."

    The Bulls took a 50-48 lead into the break.

    Chicago got off to a 13-4 start capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls carried a 24-20 lead into the second quarter. Nowitzki was 1-for-7 from the floor in the opening quarter.

    Game notes


    Bulls forward Drew Gooden continues to sit out with a left groin strain. He's expected to consult with a sports hernia specialist next week in Chicago. ... Dallas has won 19 of its past 22 games against Chicago.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CHI
    DAL
    Points 114 115
    FGM-FGA 43-94 (.457) 45-97 (.464)
    3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 14-47
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 11
    Fast Break Points 17 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 7

    Top Performers

    Chicago
    Dallas
    Tyrus Thomas Thomas
    Points: 23
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 44
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3