Monta Ellis scored 36 points, giving Dallas a 106-105 lead with a running scoop with 12.3 seconds left. But Anthony Davis hit two free throws in the final seconds and had a pivotal steal.
Dallas led lowly Minnesota by 23 points midway through the fourth quarter, and there was center Tyson Chandler, diving to the floor like it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
When the Memphis Grizzlies went ahead with four minutes left, it was time for Dirk Nowitzki to take over. Nowitzki scored 21 points, including the last eight for Dallas in the final two minutes, to lead the Mavericks past the Grizzlies 103-95.
The Nuggets escaped with a win as Mavericks stars Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler all sat out Wednesday night. The teams meet again in Dallas on Friday.
Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Rajon Rondo scored 21 points and hit a huge 3-pointer in OT, and the Mavericks beat the Kings by a score of 108-104 on Tuesday night.
Blake Griffin shined for the Clippers with 22 points to blast past Mavericks.
Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday at age 50.
Detroit never trailed in beating the Mavericks by a score of 108-95 on Wednesday night in Dallas. They also came into the match riding on a six-game winning streak.
Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 in overtime.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and the Mavericks won their fifth straight, a 109-90 victory over the Cavaliers, who again played without LeBron James.
In his first visit to Boston since last month’s trade, Rajon Rondo will try to help the Mavericks capture their fourth straight victory on Friday night against the Celtics.
Monta Ellis came back after injuring his left ankle on Sunday. He scored 20 points in 27 minutes, made a game-high four steals and helped hold the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal to 10 points.