Fortuitous bounce gives Mavericks win at buzzer



NEW YORK — 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 New York Knicks on Monday night.

The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third consecutive 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, which has won nine of 11 and is a season-best 12 games over .500.


HAWKS: Paul Millsap will miss the next two games, coach Mike Budenholzer told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Millsap suffered a right knee contusion in Friday’s loss to the Pistons. The injury forced the power forward to miss Saturday’s win over the Knicks. Now, the Hawks will be without their All-Star for at least two more games.

Atlanta faces the Chicago Bulls tonight and the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Millsap was injured after bumping knees with a Pistons player. He returned to the game but his knee swelled during the flight home. An MRI exam was negative.


CLIPPERS: Glen Davis joined the team in New Orleans but wasn’t cleared to play against the Pelicans on Monday night because he still needed to pass a physical.

In the meantime, Davis spoke of his eagerness to bring his championship experience from his Boston Celtics days to coach Doc Rivers’ current team.

“I know what to expect. I know what it’s going to take,” Davis said. “A lot of people don’t know the experience of champagne hitting your face.”

Davis averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 45 games this season before the Orlando Magic, who are not in playoff contention, bought out his contract, making him a free agent.


COURTS: Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has dismissed his $600,000 federal lawsuit against his former accountant.

The two-page filing dated Friday says only that Durant and his company – K. Durant Enterprises LLC – had agreed to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Durant in December against Joel Lynn Elliott in federal court in San Jose, Calif.