Dirk Nowitzki’s 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 110-108 victory over the Knicks on Monday night in New York.
The Mavericks blew an 8-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.
Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. He played strong defense on the Mavericks’ final possession, but was left standing in disbelief long after the buzzer after Nowitzki’s shot appeared to hit the backboard first, then the front rim, then bounced up before dropping.
Vince Carter scored 23 points and Monta Ellis had 22 for Dallas (35-23), which has won nine of 11 and is a season-best 12 games over .500.
Jose Calderon finished with 20 points and Nowitzki had 15 for the Mavericks, who swept a three-game road trip and beat the Knicks for the 20th time in the last 25 meetings.
Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds against his former team, sparking the Knicks’ comeback after they trailed, 108-100, with 1:37 left. But New York (21-36) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell a season-worst 15 games below .500.
The Knicks had blown big leads in their last two games, giving away a 14-point advantage at Orlando and a 17-point cushion at Atlanta, collapses that coach Mike Woodson called ‘‘mind-boggling.’’
Bucks 130, 76ers 110 — O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points, and Milwaukee placed seven players in double figures in a rout of host Philadelphia, which lost its 11th straight game.
Ramon Sessions had 16 points, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight scored 15 each, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 13 for the Bucks (11-45), who own the NBA’s worst record. John Henson chipped in 12 points for the Bucks, who had their highest scoring game of the season.
Philadelphia (15-42), which owns the league’s second-worst record, has lost 21 of 24 and 10 straight at home. It is the club’s longest skid since a 12-game streak during the 1996-97 season.
The Bucks had lost two in a row, 21 of 24, and 10 straight on the road. Their last road victory was against the Los Angeles Lakers Dec. 31.
Milwaukee still hasn’t won back-to-back games this season. Only 12,216 were in attendance for this one.
Warriors 104, Pistons 96 — Stephen Curry had 19 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds, and Golden State clamped down on host Detroit in the second half.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points for Golden State, which has won four in a row. The Pistons have lost five of seven since firing Maurice Cheeks.
The Warriors were without David Lee, who has been dealing with a stomach ailment.
Clippers 123, Pelicans 110 — Jamal Crawford hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 24 points, and Los Angeles won in New Orleans.
Crawford picked up where he left off in Oklahoma City a day earlier, when he hit five 3-pointers and scored 36 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Thunder. He even converted a 4-point play Monday after being fouled by Eric Gordon.
Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists in his latest return to New Orleans, while Blake Griffin added 22 points.
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points to go with 16 rebounds, while Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, and Hedo Turkoglu each scored 12.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans. Alexis Ajinca set career highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds.