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Nowitzki pulls Mavs off the floor again

The Dallas Mavericks are starting to make a habit of this - falling way behind before surging back.

This time, they were down 24 points in the second half. And Dirk Nowitzki bailed them out again.

"We have to find our sense of urgency a little bit earlier," Nowitzki said Saturday after a 115-113 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. "We gave up almost 70 in the first half. It looked like we just went through the motions."

Nowitzki made an 18-foot fadeaway with a second left in overtime and finished with 32 points, helping the Mavericks stretch their club-record home winning streak to 14 games.

Jason Terry added 27 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 22 points and eight assists to help the Mavericks to the second-biggest comeback in their history. Dallas came from 25 down to defeat Denver in 1994.

Thursday night, the Mavericks fell behind by 19 before recovering to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Nowitzki had 31 points in that game.

On Saturday, Nowitzki had eight of Dallas' 12 points in overtime and eight in the fourth quarter.

"We've been down before," Nowitzki said. "We knew if we could find a way to make a little push, we'd have a chance. With the shooters we have, anything is possible."

Nowitzki partially blocked Morris Peterson's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, Nowitzki's fourth block of the game, to seal the Mavericks' fifth straight victory.

Chris Bosh had 29 points and 13 rebounds while Mike James had 25 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who lost their third straight.

James had an opportunity for the win in regulation, but his layup attempt with 2 seconds to play was partially blocked by Nowitzki to force overtime.

BUCKS 99, HAWKS 89: Michael Redd scored 21 as visiting Milwaukee overcame a 14-point second quarter deficit and snapped a four-game losing streak. Al Harrington led Atlanta with 22 points.

WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 89: Gilbert Arenas scored 46 points, including 33 in the first half, as Washington won for the ninth straight time at home. Arenas shot 13-for-16 from the field, including 7-for-10 on 3-pointers, and made 13 of 14 free throws. Stephon Marbury, who led New York with 15 points, left with 55 seconds remaining in the first half and did not return. Marbury has been bothered by a recurring left shoulder injury.

HEAT 115, SONICS 106: Shaquille O'Neal made his first 14 shots, finishing 15-for-16, and scored 31 points as host Miami extended its winning streak to five. Seattle, which lost for the second night in a row, dressed only nine players. Bryon Russell and Earl Watson, acquired Thursday from Denver, won't join the team until it returns to Seattle. Nick Collison was in Seattle with his wife, who gave birth Saturday.

76ERS 108, BULLS 102: Allen Iverson scored 38 points, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Kyle Korver 19 as host Philadelphia, playing without starters Chris Webber (flu) and Samuel Dalembert (sprained ankle), won its third straight. The Sixers haven't lost since the All-Star break and moved a game over .500 for the first time since Feb. 4. They also kept a hold on the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

SPURS 92, WARRIORS 75: Nazr Mohammed had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead a balanced attack, and host San Antonio pulled away early to beat Golden State. Six Spurs scored in double figures, and Tim Duncan just missed that mark by finishing with a season-low nine points.

SUNS 136, BOBCATS 121: Shawn Marion had 31 points and 24 rebounds, Steve Nash had 29 points and eight assists, and host Phoenix rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Charlotte in the highest-scoring regulation game in the NBA this season. Raymond Felton led the Bobcats with 31 points, the most by an NBA rookie this season.

HORNETS 100, JAZZ 95: Chris Paul had 23 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 25.2 seconds left, for visiting New Orleans.

SUNS: Center Kurt Thomas, averaging 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, is expected to miss at least six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

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