The Mavericks built a 12-point lead with 2:50 to play, gave away all but two points of it, and still managed to hang on to beat the Clippers 113-107 Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Nowitzki has two new guards in his starting lineup for the second straight year. Now the Mavericks have to see if Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon will be better than the pairing of Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.
Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and the Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years with a 99-87 victory.
Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow’s last-second shot to preserve the 19th straight Nuggets home win, 95-94 over the Mavericks on Thursday night.
Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 33 points as the Mavericks moved within a game of .500 for the first time since mid-December with a 109-102 victory over the Clippers.
Darren Collison scored 24 points and the hot-shooting Dallas Mavericks set season highs for points in a half and a game while beating the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.
Shawn Marion and Elton Brand scored 17 points apiece, Vince Carter again provided a spark off the bench, and the Mavericks beat the Magic 111-96 on Wednesday night.
Vince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA’s career scoring list, and the Mavericks grabbed a 123-100 win against the Kings on Wednesday night.
Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute, and the Hawks beat the Mavericks 105-101 on Monday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s turnaround jumper fell as time ran out, and the Trail Blazers came back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Mavericks 106-104.
If the Mavericks want to keep James beyond this 10-day deal, they’ll have to guarantee the veteran minimum salary for the rest of the season.
Darren Collison now runs the floor where J.J. Barea was the spark that helped rally the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship two seasons ago.